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Malaga (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 5 November 1954 (USA)
Joanna Dane, a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA), is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming ... See full summary »

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Richard Sale

Writer:

Robert Westerby
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Joanna Dana
Macdonald Carey ... Van Logan
Binnie Barnes ... Frisco
Harry Lane Harry Lane ... Augie
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Paul Dupont
James O'Hara ... Danny Boy (as James Lilburn)
Hugh McDermott ... Richard Farrell
Guy Middleton ... Soames Howard
Ferdy Mayne ... Mustapha
Eric Corrie Eric Corrie ... Pebbles
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Potts
Derek Sydney ... Signor Amato
Jacques Cey Jacques Cey ... Monsieur Ducloir
Gérard Tichy ... Cronkhite
Mike Brendel Mike Brendel ... Tiger
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Storyline

Joanna Dane, a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA), is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming business in contraband with counterparts in Spain and Italy, and also contribute to a high death rate among the Tangier policemen. She gets work in a waterfront dive owned by "Frisco" and is soon being courted by Van Logan, another American agent but posing as one of the smugglers. Most of the action is set in Tangier, with a brief interlude in Spanish Gibraltar, and the climax is a gun battle between the Tangier civil police and the smugglers on the North African shore of the Mediterranean. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Girl Who Lives By Her Smile...And A Man Who Lives By His Gun! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Over Africa See more »

Filming Locations:

Málaga, Andalucía, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frankovich Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Van Logan: Hi
Joanna Dana: Alright talk and talk fast and I better like your story
Van Logan: Like any other woman your late
Joanna Dana: Late, Late for what?
Van Logan: The dinner I told you about, what all this?
Joanna Dana: Oh, I forgot to tell ya, I'm just a natural true born slob
Van Logan: Countess you can't discourage me that easily
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The free international city of Tangiers
20 April 2005 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Tangiers is yet another one of those exotic locales that connote mystery, romance, and adventure and at the point in time this film was made was under an international administration. Two years later it reverted to Spanish control as part of Spanish Morocco and now it is part of Morocco itself. So the film was dated shortly after it's release.

With some background footage of Tangiers, Malaga was shot on location with interiors done in London. Maureen O'Hara was top billed in this one in a role that Jane Russell would have normally been cast in. Like Russell, O'Hara spends most of her time busting out of the tight fitting clothing that she has to wear. I'm sure the movie goers of 1954 didn't care about the plot.

Maureen is an American agent sent to Tangiers to find out who's running a smuggling operation and take it down. Since other agents have been killed no one other than who would now be called her controller knows who she is.

Maureen's troubles begin when the controller is killed by the bad guys in the first reel. So now she's working blind not knowing who to trust.

Oh well, the location photography in Malaga looks real nice and Maureen in those tight dresses in Technicolor is a treat. Beyond that I can't say too much. Macdonald Carey looks bored, he probably came for the free trip to the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Binnie Barnes has a nice turn as a wisecracking saloonkeeper.

But there's nothing special here.


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