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Istanbul (1957)

A suspected diamond smuggler returns to Istanbul and finds the lady love he thought was dead...or does he?

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Joseph Pevney

Writers:

Barbara Gray, Seton I. Miller (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Errol Flynn ... James Brennan
Cornell Borchers ... Stephanie Bauer / Karen Fielding
John Bentley John Bentley ... Insp. Nural
Torin Thatcher ... Douglas Fielding
Leif Erickson ... Charlie Boyle
Peggy Knudsen ... Marge Boyle
Martin Benson ... Mr. Darius
Nat 'King' Cole ... Danny Rice
Werner Klemperer ... Paul Renkov
Vladimir Sokoloff ... Aziz Rakim
Jan Arvan Jan Arvan ... Kazim
Nico Minardos ... Ali
Ted Hecht Ted Hecht ... Lt. Sarac
David Bond ... Dr. Sarica
Roland Varno ... Mr. Florian
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Storyline

Adventurer James Brennan returns to Istanbul five years after being ejected under suspicion of diamond smuggling. In flashback, he recalls his last days there, his torrid love affair with Stephanie Bauer, the efforts of shady characters to obtain a strange ornament he received from a friend, and Stephanie's disappearance during a fire. Now that Brennan is back, Stephanie (or her double) reappears, and there's still the question of where the supposedly smuggled diamonds are... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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WHERE A WOMAN'S KISS WAS AS DEADLY AS AN ASSASSIN'S KNIFE! (original print ad - all caps) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1957 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Estambul See more »

Filming Locations:

Turkey See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Errol Flynn was paid $13,500 per week (contractually paid weekly) for his performance. See more »

Quotes

Marge Boyle: Look Charlie. Look! Istanbul.
Charlie Boyle: What'd you expect in Turkey? Pittsburgh?
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Soundtracks

WHEN I FALL IN LOVE
Music by Victor Young
Lyrics by Edward Heyman
Sung by Nat 'King' Cole
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Flynn at half mast
24 November 2015 | by howardeismanSee all my reviews

I always get an unpleasant jolt when I see a movie from the late phase of Errol Flynn's career. He had not gotten fat, but his face had puffed up and seemed vertically scrunched. Worst of all, his youthful roguish smile and impish expressions had become a permanent stone face. His 1930s style mustache seemed an unusual affectation in an era of clean shaven men. His lips barely moved as he let his lines leak out. He looked sad and angry, no matter what emotions the script called for. He certainly had a lot of illnesses, so maybe his perpetually tightly shut mouth was hiding some physical problem.

His female lead, Cornel Borchers, had many closeups as she spoke to Flynn. Her animation and sparkling smile contrasted with Flynn's stone face. Thus, the scenes did not play well. They also seemed to have fallen into devoted, passionate love in a nanosecond, for reasons which are unexplained.

The movie is a mild romantic/adventure story. There is enough in it to keep you watching, but just enough. There is an amnesia thread in the story which belongs in the Three Stooges Handbook of psychiatric practice. Nat Cole sings well, of course.


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