One morning after a particularly wild party, Chrissy and Jo wake up to find Robin sleeping in their bath. He needs a place to live, they need a flatmate that can cook, so they decide to let... See full summary »
The story of a married man, Paul Gueret, who finds himself drawn to a young laundry worker, Angele. However, when he finds out she is also his employer's mistress, in a furious rage he might do things he'll regret in the future.
Edmund Dantes is falsely accused by those jealous of his good fortune, and is sentenced to spend the rest of his life in the notorious island prison, Chateau d'If. While imprisoned, he ... See full summary »
Montmartre, 1896: the Can-Can, the dance in which the women lift their skirts, is forbidden. Nevertheless Simone has it performed every day in her nightclub. Her employees use their female ... See full summary »
The Welsh island in the story is named as Caldey Island, a real place off the coast of Pembrokeshire, but much smaller than this film suggests - it would seem that none of the movie was actually filmed on Caldey, which is principally the home of an ancient Benedictine monastery where a distinctive perfume is manufactured by monks. See more »
The allees of trees flanking the roads as the horsemen rode furiously to save someone in this film were not planted until the time of Napoleon. He had them planted to shade his armies as they marched through the hot sun while in uniform. See more »
Did you know that Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette had a son, and that this son when he was aged ten and in danger from the Revolution, fled to a small Welsh island in a balloon? You didn't? Quelle surprise!
This is Dangerous Exile's basic premise. It's a fantastical and farcical one at the same time, and it's to the cast's credit that they manage to play it straight throughout. There is the usual amount of swashbuckling (although confined to the last third) and the kind of laboured "historical" dialogue which 50's screenwriters appear to have been unable to overcome. Jourdan and Michell both move with a stiffness and moody demeanour which can only mean there's a haemorrhoid attack on the horizon, while Belinda Lee (as an American visiting her rich English aunt!) provides an arresting decolletage but little else.
A lot of this movie was shot at night and as such has a brooding quality which often overwhelms the slight material. Hurst, a stalwart of British movies of the 40s and 50s, keeps things moving in a methodical manner, but when all's said and done, there are too many familiar, staid elements for the movie to work as a whole.
Mildly enjoyable if you like this kind of movie, and only 5 out of 10.
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