Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to ...
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Bold and attractive, Mike Alexander is an American who smuggles drugs across the Spanish Mediterranean. Ingrid Dekker is in love with him while the double-crossing Emily Birk tries to exploit him, which is also the case of Nikarescu, a shady trafficker. Meanwhile, lurking behind the scenes, is inspector Carnero, waiting patiently until he gets Mike...Written by
George Sanders claimed that he was "filled with foreboding from the start", making this film, adding that it was "deficient in what I might call the serious approach to film-making". He said the film company had rented a 60-foot cabin cruiser which the actors and crew boarded each morning at the yacht club in Palma, on Mallorca; it then put to sea and cruised around until a suitable location was found. This wasted a great deal of time, making the film exceed its eight-week schedule; it was still unfinished after five months. At this point, Sanders announced he was leaving the film, noting that he had not been fully paid for the work thus far completed. He departed for Barcelona, but, once there, was persuaded to return by a distraught assistant director who had formerly served (Sanders claimed) in the Hungarian diplomatic corps. This departure had the effect of hurrying everything up, although it was still two more months before the film was finished; after that, it proved to be a huge financial flop and was very little-shown in Europe or America. See more »
Released at a time when Duvivier was going again from strength to strength ."Black Jack" which was sandwiched between the overlooked extraordinary "Au Royaume des Cieux" and the dazzling stunning "Sous Le Ciel de Paris" , is a jumble,which Duvivier himself hated,which is not surprising.There's almost nothing to write about this dud.We can notice that:
1.Orson Welles used to admire Duvivier .That may explain why Wellesian actors were featured in Duvivier's movies :Joseph Cotten in "Lydia" (1941) ,and here a totally wasted Agnes Moorehead .It's the first time
I have not enjoyed Moorehead's performance!On the other hand,Welles borrowed his Desdemona (Suzanne Cloutier) from Duvivier's "Au Royaume des Cieux" for his "Othello".
2.In any Duvivier's movie,there's one or two worthwhile sequences and this one is no exception: the search in the caves where Duvivier's sense of mystery works wonders (for a short while);then the chase when Dalio gets caught up in the fishnets.Duvivier's touch can be felt in the unhappy end too.
As for the rest ,as my dear pen pal writer's reign writes,it's a black joke.
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