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Twist of Fate (1954)

Beautiful Stranger (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 5 November 1954 (USA)
Johnny Victor, an actress living with Louis Galt on the Riveria, becomes involved with Pierre Clemont and learns he is a dangerous criminal.

Director:

David Miller

Writers:

David Miller (original story), Carl Nystrom | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ginger Rogers ... 'Johnny' Victor
Herbert Lom ... Emil Landosh
Stanley Baker ... Louis Galt
Jacques Bergerac ... Pierre Clemont
Margaret Rawlings ... Marie Galt
Eddie Byrne ... Luigi
Coral Browne ... Helen
Lisa Gastoni ... Yvette
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Nicole
Ferdy Mayne ... Police Chief
Keith Pyott ... Georges
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Storyline

Johnny Victor is in love with an international businessman, Louis Galt, who is actually the head of a syndicate that mints illegal coins for the Continental market. But she soon learns that Galt has been deceiving her and has no intentions of divorcing his wife. So she meets Pierre Clemont, a potter, and falls for him (onscreen and off). Into this little slice of life comes Emil Landosh, a confidence man, and he steals a bracelet that Galt had given Victor and uses it to pay a debt. Enter a twist-of-fate (the US title that describes the film a lot better than the UK title, which is not unusual for films going from America to England but seldom vice-versa), and it ends up in Galt's hands. Strained credibility aside since many, many films depend on beating the coincidental odds, Galt assumes that Landosh is Victor's lover, and this isn't a good assumption on his part since Landosh kills him and then makes it appear as if Victor and Clermont did the deed. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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When A Dame Has Too Many Men On A String - The Game Could End In A Clinch Or A Killing! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Twist of Fate See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Ginger Rogers and her co-star Jacques Bergerac, who plays Pierre, were married in real life at the time of making this. They had first met in Paris in 1952 and instantly fell in love. See more »

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When Johnny finishes her vase on the pottery wheel, it is straight. In the next frame, the vase is slightly tilted. Then when Pierre picks it up and puts it on a shelf, it has a shine on it as if it has been glazed. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Ginger Rogers (1954) See more »

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Love Is a Beautiful Stranger
Written by José Ferrer and Ketti Frings
Sung by Lita Roza
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Perpetual Motion
27 September 2013 | by LeonLouisRicciSee all my reviews

Lively and Lovely to Look at Movie that moves rapidly here and there with Everyone trying to figure out Who is Who and What is What and is breathless to say the least. The Cast, including the Dramatization of Ginger Rogers Career is OK if nothing remarkable. It is the Action and the Intrigue that Star here.

Some on location Photography and Criminal behavior Spice things up beyond the rather Bland Romance Angles. There are extended Fight Scenes, Misidentifications, Smuggling, Thievery, and Murder, Adultery, Betrayal, and after all, a Deathbed confession that thankfully, and predictably clears things up.

There is enough here to recommend because once things get going it is all in Perpetual Motion that makes for a Fun Film Experience, although it fails to be sharp enough for it to rise above expectations, but it does manage to deliver just that.


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