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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.

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David Miller

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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's in love with an international businessman, Louis Galt, who is actually the head of a syndicate which 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, 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 »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

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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Trivia

Ginger Rogers was 17 years older than Stanley Baker. When the film was released, she was 43; Baker, who plays her older lover, was 26. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Connections

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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Ginger Rogers Looks Great
26 May 2007 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Decent little thriller with an oddly cast Stanley Baker and hard-to-understand Jacques Bergerac, but the story is pretty good: about the mistaken identity of a thief amid the lies and deceptions of others.

Ginger Rogers plays a third-rate performer who is shacked up with Baker, a wealthy businessman. They have a fabulous house in Cannes, and everything seems to me going well until an old acquaintance turns us (Herbert Lom) who seems to bring bad luck to anyone he associates with. Aside from that he is a thief. Rogers soon learns that Baker is really not separated from his wife (Margaret Rawlings) or divorcing her. He's also a crook. In a snit of hysterics, she almost drives her Rolls over a sea cliff and wanders to a funky beach house where she meets Bergerac. They fall in love. But how to get rid of Baker? Meanwhile, Lom robs the Cannes house and the diamond bracelet he steals ends up back with Baker, who gave it to Rogers. So he assumes Rogers and Lom are an item. From there everything goes wrong with botched killing attempts, escapes, and each person trying to figure out who is with who.

Rogers looks great and acts imperiled well but beyond that has little to do in the finale as the men thrash it out on the sea cliffs. Lom turns in an excellent and subtle Peter Lorre like performance. Coral Browne steals the one scene she is in. Atmospheric and tense and not bad at all.


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