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Tip on a Dead Jockey (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 6 December 1957 (Ireland)
During the 1950s Madrid, an American veteran pilot with a gambling problem is forced to accept a high-paying dangerous smuggling job.

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Writers:

Charles Lederer (screen play), Irwin Shaw (based on the New Yorker magazine story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Lloyd Tredman
Dorothy Malone ... Phyllis Tredman
Gia Scala ... Paquita Heldon
Martin Gabel ... Bert Smith
Marcel Dalio ... Toto del Aro
Jack Lord ... Jimmy Heldon
Joyce Jameson ... Sue Fan Finley
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Storyline

An expatriate American living in Madrid, former Air Force pilot Lloyd Tredman (Robert Taylor) is haunted by his memories of the Korean War and refuses to fly. So when he loses his last dollar on a horse race fixed by a smuggler, he forces himself to accept a $25,000 offer to transport a box of contraband currency from Egypt to Spain. But as Tredman makes the return flight home, he discovers his cargo also includes heroin as he races across the Mediterranean with Interpol hot on his trail. Written by Anonymous

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Plane to Madrid ... and the fearful cargo it carried !


Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | French | Arabic | Italian

Release Date:

6 December 1957 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

The 32nd Day See more »

Filming Locations:

Spain See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,464,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$400,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,050,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Perspecta Stereo (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This film bombed at the box office, resulting in a loss to MGM of $886,000 ($8.1M in 2018) according to studio records. See more »

Goofs

Despite supposedly being in Spain, the stunt airplane that crashes has a United States registration number. See more »

Quotes

[Toto is afraid of his first flying experience which has them over open water]
Toto del Aro: It's all water down there.
Lloyd Tredman: What'd you think the Mediterranean was, glue?
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Connections

Referenced in What's My Line?: Robert Mitchum (1957) See more »

Soundtracks

You Found Me and I Found You
Written by Jerome Kern and P.G. Wodehouse
Sung by Robert Taylor (uncredited) and Dorothy Malone (uncredited)
[The song Phyllis and Lloyd sing in the villa while Lloyd plays the piano]
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Title beats content by many furlongs
22 October 2002 | by art_27See all my reviews

A wooden treatment of a shell shocked Korean war vet expatting it in Madrid. Malone barely registers ennui, disillusionment, or any other weight of the world characteristics; he acts more like the suburban dad opting not to shave all weekend. Dalio, the Casablanca croupier, is reduced to playing Malone's colorful sidekick, but a little goes a long way. Jack Lord and his Kennedyesque hairdo go through the motions. Bits of the script, co-written by Shaw, stand out, especially Malone comparing his domestic situation to a Balzac story, "too many people." The title drew me in, and I got a pig in a poke.


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