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The Bribe (1949)

Federal agent Rigby, in Central America to trace stolen plane engines, falls for the gorgeous wife of the chief suspect.

Directors:

Robert Z. Leonard, Vincente Minnelli (uncredited)

Writers:

Marguerite Roberts (screen play), Frederick Nebel (short story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Rigby
Ava Gardner ... Elizabeth Hintten
Charles Laughton ... J.J. Bealer
Vincent Price ... Carwood
John Hodiak ... Tug Hintten
Samuel S. Hinds ... Dr. Warren
John Hoyt ... Gibbs
Tito Renaldo Tito Renaldo ... Emilio Gomez
Martin Garralaga ... Pablo Gomez
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Storyline

In pursuit of stolen aircraft engines on a Central American island, federal agent Rigby meets chief suspect Hintten and his wife Elizabeth, a sultry cafe singer; and is watched by Bealer, a "pie-shaped man" with sore feet. Rigby knows he's on the right track when Bealer offers him money to leave Carlota. When Rigby and Elizabeth are drawn to each other, the gang realizes there's more than one kind of bribe. Everybody sweats. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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5 Great Stars in a Daring Drama of Love and Adventure !


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

25 August 1949 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Geheimaktion Carlotta See more »

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Budget:

$1,984,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film was first telecast in Philadelphia Saturday 10 November 1956 on WFIL (Channel 6), followed by Seattle Monday 26 November 1956 on KING (Channel 5), by Hartford CT Thursday 13 December 1956 on WHCT (Channel 18), by Salem OR Wednesday 2 January 1957 on KGW (Channel 8), by New York City Monday 7 January 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2), by Chicago Tuesday 8 January 1957 on WBBM (Channel 2), by Altoona PA Sunday 10 February 1957 on WFBG (Channel 10) and by Los Angeles Friday 22 March 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11); in San Francisco it was first telecast 1 January 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »

Quotes

Elizabeth Hintten: Listen to me, Bealer. If Rigby's not all right, then *you* won't be all right. I won't care then. I won't care what happens to *anyone.*
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Fiesta
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Music by Miklós Rózsa
Lyrics by William Katz
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More Than One Kind of Bribe
17 June 2006 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Robert Taylor is an FBI man looking into a racket south of the border of black marketeers stealing and selling war surplus material, in this case airplane motors.

The story takes him to Central America where he meets up with a debonair sportsman, Vincent Price, a rather seedy character with sore and sweaty feet, Charles Laughton and a husband and wife John Hodiak and Ava Gardner stranded in the tropics.

They're all suspects, but Taylor is quite ready to forget his job with Ava Gardner around. He wouldn't be the first guy to think with his hormones where she's concerned. That's what I'm talking about when I say more than one kind of bribe.

The story is pretty slow moving though. Taylor seems to have the evidence he needs or where to get it. But the plot does drag on. The film seems to rely on the attractiveness of the leads to keep the audience interested.

There are two good scenes, one where Taylor almost becomes a shark's lunch and the climax where the chief villain meets a pyrotechnical end.

If you like the cast involved, The Bribe is probably time well spent.


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