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The Power and the Prize (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1957 (Argentina)
Cliff Barton, an American business executive working in England, wants to marry European refugee Miriam Linka, but he is warned by his boss that such things just aren't done. Cliff digs in ... See full summary »

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screen play), Howard Swigett (book) (as Howard Swiggett)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Cliff Barton
Elisabeth Müller ... Miriam Linka (as Elisabeth Mueller)
Burl Ives ... George Salt
Charles Coburn ... Guy Eliot
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Carew (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Mary Astor ... Mrs. George Salt
Niki Dantine ... Joan Salt (as Nicola Michaels)
Cameron Prud'Homme Cameron Prud'Homme ... Reverend John Barton (as Cameron Prud'homme)
Richard Erdman ... Lester Everett
Ben Wright ... Mr. Chutwell
Jack Raine ... Mr. Pitt-Semphill
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Paul F. Farragut
Richard Deacon ... Howard Carruthers
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Storyline

Cliff Barton, an American business executive working in England, wants to marry European refugee Miriam Linka, but he is warned by his boss that such things just aren't done. Cliff digs in his heels and eventually finds support from his less hidebound fellow executives.

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A PICTURE THAT BRINGS BACK GREAT ACTING BY GREAT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Macht und ihr Preis See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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Trivia

American film debut of Elisabeth Müller. See more »

Goofs

The entire film from minute 10 to minute 20 is reversed, as revealed by (1) the backwards lettering in the London establishing shot and the signs visible in the back window during Cliff's taxi ride with his father, (2) male characters shaking hands with their left hands, and (3) breast pocket handkerchiefs appearing on the wearer's right side in this section and the traditional left side in all other parts of the film. It is first noticeable when the taxi pulls up to the Everett's apartment - the lettering of "36 Sutton Place" on the awning is reversed. It ends when Cliff Barton leaves Mr. Carew's office in London. It's as if the second reel of the film was printed reversed for some reason. See more »

Quotes

Elia Everett: You dimwit, the doorbell is ringing. The doorbell is ringing! You... you turned off your hearing aid on me! You did it again!
[Throws her drink in his face]
Elia Everett: You turned your hearing aid off on me! The kind of guy that turns his hearing aid off on his own wife! You stupid... Oh, Mr. Barton!
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Great Cast of Veteran Star Actors
2 September 2005 | by whpratt1See all my reviews

Hollywood put a great cast of veteran actors into this film, everyone of them performed to perfection and lets remember, it was made in 1956, and many of these actors were under contract to the studio to perform in certain films. Most of these actors were getting old and even Robert Taylor, (Cliff Barton),"D-Day the Sixth of June",'56 was 44 years of age appearing with a new star, Elisabeth Muller,(Miriam Linka) and had intentions in the film to marry her. Elisabeth Muller made this film her Swan Song and never appeared in an American film after this film. Burl Ives,(George Salt),"Ensign Pulver",'64, was the CEO of a company in New York and considered Cliff Barton his son and planned on him to carry out a great business deal in England. Charles Coburn, (Guy Eliot),"Town on Trial", Cedric Hardwicke, (Mr. Careu),"The Desert Fox: The Story of Rommel",'51, and Mary Astor,(Mrs. George Salt),"The Maltese Falcon",'41 gave great supporting roles. This is a rather interesting film about big business years ago and still seems to apply in the business world today, ONLY WORSE. If you love great veteran actors and love the many films they performed in over the years, this is the film for you.


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