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Crisis (1950)

While on vacation in a Latin American country, an American neurosurgeon and his wife become tangled in a revolutionary uprising against a tyrannical dictator.

Director:

Richard Brooks

Writers:

Richard Brooks (screenplay), George Tabori (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Cary Grant ... Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson
José Ferrer ... Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)
Paula Raymond ... Helen Ferguson
Signe Hasso ... Senora Isabel Farrago
Ramon Novarro ... Colonel Adragon
Gilbert Roland ... Roland Gonzales
Leon Ames ... Sam Proctor
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Storyline

Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New York earlier than expected, they find they are being detained by the military in the country they are in. Ultimately, they learn the reason is that President Raoul Farrago, the tyrannical military dictator of the country, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will die without an operation to remove it, Farrago choosing Gene as the doctor to lead the surgical team. Because of the volatile politics within the country and for his own safety as revolutionary forces would like to see him dead, Farrago refuses to go to a hospital for the operation, instead it to be done at his home. Despite not particularly liking Farrago or his ways, Gene agrees purely in his oath as a doctor. However, he ends up being caught in the middle between Farrago/his brutal regime and the revolutionaries, each side who is ... Written by Huggo

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Carefree Cary Grant on a gay holiday with his lovely bride walks right into DANGER! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Basra See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,616,455 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of Richard Brooks. NOTE: Brooks was at the Santa Anita race track where he met Cary Grant and struck up a conversation about this film; Brooks wrote the story but also wanted to direct; however, none of the studios would let him. Grant asked for a copy of the script and loved it, so much so that he went to MGM and said he would love to do the movie but only if Brooks was the director. See more »

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The doctor announces his fee is ten percent of the patient's income, but does not say whether this means monthly, annual or some other period. See more »

Quotes

[Farago is about to be operated by Eugene]
Raoul Farrago: Doctor, do many people die in an operation like this?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: Under the best conditions, about 12 percent. These are not the best conditions.
Raoul Farrago: You don't like me, do you?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: I try to regard my patients impersonally.
Raoul Farrago: Can you?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: No.
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Another attempt by Cary Grant to break away
27 July 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Crisis represents yet another attempt by Cary Grant to break away from his light leading man image and do something with more drama. His last attempt was None But the Lonely Heart which got great critical notices, an Oscar nomination for him and died at the box office. The public just didn't want to see him in stuff like Crisis.

The film is one of a very few non-musical productions by Arthur Freed at MGM. And the original story was intended for Spencer Tracy who was to be a neurosurgeon traveling in Latin America with a 10 year old daughter. The powers that be decided a little romance was needed so Tracy was substituted by Grant and he was given a wife played by Paula Raymond instead of a daughter.

He's a neurosurgeon and when the powers that be discover him in their country he's brought to the presidential palace to operate on Peron like dictator Jose Ferrer. Then the rebels capture Paula Raymond and Grant's got a dilemma.

Signe Hasso who was cast in the role of the first lady bears more than a passing resemblance to Eva Peron does the best job in the film. Cast in Latino parts are such Hollywood Latinos as Raymond Novarro, Gilbert Roland, Antonio Moreno, and Pedro deCordoba. All perform well.

Crisis marked Richard Brooks's directorial debut and he wrote the script as well. Unfortunately the same thing happened here as did to None But the Lonely Heart. Great reviews and it lost money. Brooks was established as a director though.


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