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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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Closing credits: The co-operation and help of the French and Arab authorities is gratefully acknowledged. See more »

Goofs

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: He's an odd character this Englishman.
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Music by Georges Ulmer
Lyrics by Georges Ulmer and Georges Koger
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Quite good. despite the odd casting.
29 December 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

While the poor casting in "Golden Salamander" might surprise you, it it STILL worth seeing. It begins with a British man, David (Trevor Howard), driving along some very, very wet roads at night in Tunisia. Eventually, he pulls off the road--and stumbles on some guns that have fallen out of a crate. Soon, some folks return to retrieve the guns--and David runs, as he's pretty sure these are smugglers. However, he does NOT report this to the authorities.

His job in the town is to pack some antiquities for transport to a British museum. During the time he's in the town, he falls for Anna (Anouk Aimée). He also soon realizes that Anna's brother is one of the smugglers. What's he to do? And, just how deep does this conspiracy go?

This is a nice action-romance. As I mentioned above, the casting was odd, as Howard was almost two decades older than his love interest. I also was dumbfounded when there was the HUGE fight near the end...and Anna just stood there watching (even though if the wrong man wins, she will die!). Despite these problems, the film is exciting and has a very good plot...and it's well acted as well.


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