Affair in Trinidad

Overview

In this romantic spy thriller, a nightclub performer plys her trade in her husband's Trinidad bar. He is murdered by a notorious spy. Soon afterward, the police ask the widow to try to get close to the killer and gather information. Her work is nearly thwarted when her bumbling brother-in-law appears, looking to bring the killer to justice himself. This film marked the return of bombshell Rita Hayworth who had retired from movies during her marriage to Prince Aly Khan.
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Overview

In this romantic spy thriller, a nightclub performer plys her trade in her husband's Trinidad bar. He is murdered by a notorious spy. Soon afterward, the police ask the widow to try to get close to the killer and gather information. Her work is nearly thwarted when her bumbling brother-in-law appears, looking to bring the killer to justice himself. This film marked the return of bombshell Rita Hayworth who had retired from movies during her marriage to Prince Aly Khan.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
When released in 1952, the ads for Affair in Trinidad trumpeted "She's back!" -- indicating that the powers that be realized that the lure for potential Trinidad viewers was clearly Rita Hayworth, returning to the screen after a four-year absence. True, Glenn Ford was also on board, and he's a worthy addition, but Trinidad was made because Columbia suddenly had Hayworth on hand and needed to use her as soon as possible. As might be expected under the rushed circumstances, the resulting film is a bit of a mess; the quartet of credited screenwriters came up with no more than a tepid rehash of Gilda with a very healthy helping of Notorious thrown in, but without any character of its own. The screenplay veers all over the place, the plot is unnecessarily confusing and the characters behave in unrealistic ways simply to keep the plot moving. Director Vincent Sherman is not in top form, and the direction comes off as unfocused and unsure. That pretty much leaves things up to the cast. Hayworth's overall performance is fine, but except for the two dance sequences is unexceptional. Those musical numbers, however, more than compensate: rarely has the screen witnessed such torrid, erotic dancing. The star tears the roof off, demonstrating how in the right hands, even something as unplanned as a stray twirling of hair can be imbued with an amazing sensuality. Hayworth also enjoys chemistry with Ford, who for his part does more than adequately with a role that calls for too much superficial posturing. The supporting cast is solid, with Valerie Bettis earning very high marks.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/7/2014
  • UPC: 043396435810
  • Original Release: 1952
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  • Source: Sony Pictures Home
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 46,070

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Glenn Ford Steve Emery
Rita Hayworth Chris Emery
Alexander Scourby Max Fabian
Valerie Bettis Veronica
Torin Thatcher Inspector Smythe
Howard Wendell Anderson
Karel Stepanek Walters
George Voskovec Dr. Franz Huebling
Steven Geray Wittol
Walter Kohler Peter Bronec
Juanita Moore Dominique
Gregg Martell Olaf
Mort Mills Martin
Robert Boon Pilot
Ralph Moody Coroner
Fred Baker Airport Clerk
Roy E. Glenn Sr. Fisherman
Don Blackman Bobby
Ivan Browning Fisherman
Ross Elliott Neal Emery
Joel Fluellen Fisherman
Don Kohler Mr. Peters
Kathleen O'Malley Stewardess
Franz Roehn Refugee
John Sherman Englishman
Technical Credits
Vincent Sherman Director, Producer
Clay Campbell Makeup
Lodge Cunningham Sound/Sound Designer
George Duning Score Composer
Berne Giler Screenwriter
James Gunn Screenwriter
Walter Holscher Art Director
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Viola Lawrence Editor
Lester Lee Songwriter
Jena Lewis Costumes/Costume Designer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Sam Nelson Asst. Director
Bob Russell Songwriter
Oscar Saul Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Score Composer
Virginia van Upp Screenwriter
Joseph Walker Cinematographer
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