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Golden Salamander (1950)

Not Rated | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 1 September 1950 (Finland)
A man is torn between tackling a sinister crime syndicate or turning a blind eye to the suffering it creates.

Director:

Ronald Neame

Writers:

Victor Canning (novel), Lesley Storm (screenplay) (as Leslie Storm) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Trevor Howard ... David Redfern
Anouk Aimée ... Anna (as Anouk)
Herbert Lom ... Rankl
Walter Rilla ... Serafis
Miles Malleson ... Douvet
Jacques Sernas ... Max
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Agno (as Wilfred Hyde-White)
Peter Copley ... Aribi
Marcel Poncin Marcel Poncin ... Dommic
Kathleen Boutall Kathleen Boutall ... Mme. Guillard
Eugene Deckers ... Police Chief
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Guillard
Sybille Binder ... Mme. Labree
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Storyline

British archaeologist David Redfern comes to Tunisia to catalog a collection of art relics and stumbles into evidence of a gun-smuggling racket. Hesitant at first to get involved or even to report the information, he becomes convinced he must do the right thing after a young man is murdered. By then, though, the smugglers know Redfern knows too much and they target him for death. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Introducing the compelling new star discovery of the year....exotic ANOUK!


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1950 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Der goldene Salamander See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events in this photoplay are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Near the conclusion of the movie, as David Redfern and Rankl struggle for control of the gun, Rankl has it by the barrel, but when the camera angle changes he suddenly is holding it by the grip. In the Amazon Prime streaming version this happens at about 1:30:04. See more »

Quotes

Serafis: This town belongs to me, you're on my territory amongst people I own
David Redfern: We're in French territory and subject to French law.
Serafis: The representation of French law is Mr. Douvet. I own Mr. Douvet.
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Pigalle
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Music by Georges Ulmer
Lyrics by Georges Ulmer and Georges Koger
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Action With A Twist Of Noir
12 October 2009 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

If Golden Salamander had been made in the USA some studio back-lot would have sufficed for Tunisia. But this being post World War II in Europe, the British film adventure was made on the actual location with interiors shot in the UK. That's more than could be said for the great Casablanca.

In 1950 when this made the French were busy trying to hang on to their colonial empire and not making much of a go at it. Which brings us to the plot of Golden Salamander and how archaeologist Trevor Howard, in Tunisia to retrieve some salvaged Etruscan works gets himself mixed up in arms smuggling. The guy who has his archaeological treasures is Walter Rilla, the same man who is running the arms smuggling. He's also the local big shot in the coastal town where this is all taking place and owns just about everyone.

Who to trust is Howard's problem, he's not even sure about the lovely Anouk Aimee, a refugee with brother Jacques Serna from the Nazis who has settled down there, but would like to get back to Paris once she can afford to. Because of the lack of trust involved in our hero's part, Golden Salamander is an action adventure that plays a whole lot like film noir.

Herbert Lom is on hand as Rilla's nasty henchmen. No mystery where he's concerned. Until he got to play Inspector Dreyfys in the Pink Panther series, Lom was as reliable a villain as you could find in film. Wilfrid Hyde-White has an interesting part, if this had been done in America, Hoagy Carmichael would have been cast.

The title refers to a particular valuable piece of Etruscan art that is the centerpiece of the collection that Rilla is turning over to Howard. Golden Salamander is a nicely packaged action film with a twist of noir that should satisfy anyone.


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