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Crisis (1950)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 7 July 1950 (USA)
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 on a vacation! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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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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Budget:

$1,616,455 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although great pains were used to disguise the name of the country in the film, Dr. Ferguson mentions that President Farrago should go to a neurological hospital (which he mentions is just across the border) in Chile--which narrows the country down to either Argentina, Bolivia or Peru. Other hints include: Peso/Dollar law, the blankets worn on the train, license plates on vehicles. 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

[after a rehearsal for Farrago's surgery]
Raoul Farrago: Well, doctor, did the operation go well?
Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson: Fine. You just died.
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Obscure Cary Grant drama bears watching
9 April 2001 | by bmacvSee all my reviews

Even someone who's been keeping track of old movies for many years can be forgiven if this one slipped under the radar. Surgeon Cary Grant and his wife are vacationing in a South- or Central-American paradise when they are abducted by government forces. Seems the country's dictator (Jose Ferrar) has a brain tumor but is afraid to leave the country due to revolutionary activity. Grant is pressured into performing the operation. Only problem is, the guerrillas have captured his wife, threatening to kill her if Ferrar survives the operation. But the letter informing him of this never reaches Grant.... Supporting cast includes Leon Ames, Ramon Navarro (Ben-Hur of the silent era) and Signe Hasso as Ferrar's wife, an Evita Peron clone. This is a tense and often intelligent drama (and slightly out of Grant's usual debonair range) that doesn't merit the obscurity it seems to be buried in.


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