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Bribe
     

The Bribe

Director: Robert Z. Leonard, Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton

Cast: Robert Z. Leonard, Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton

 
Federal agent Robert Taylor journeys to a mythical South American community, there to break up a war-surplus contraband racket. American playboy Vincent Price is the brains of the outfit, aided and abetted by the disreputable Charles Laughton and John Hodiak. Ava Gardner, Hodiak's wife, takes over for her husband when he's sidelined by a heart condition. Taylor tries

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Federal agent Robert Taylor journeys to a mythical South American community, there to break up a war-surplus contraband racket. American playboy Vincent Price is the brains of the outfit, aided and abetted by the disreputable Charles Laughton and John Hodiak. Ava Gardner, Hodiak's wife, takes over for her husband when he's sidelined by a heart condition. Taylor tries to get to the gang boss by romancing Gardner; she eventually shifts loyalties, but Price tries to frame both Gardner and Taylor so that he can get off scot-free. Taylor finally manages to overcome Price during a oversized fireworks display at a local festival. Hampered by the old-fashioned direction of Robert Z. Leonard, The Bribe is slow going until its spectacular climax, which was later excerpted in toto and re-used in Steve Martin's detective spoof Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid (82).

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
While not a great crime thriller, The Bribe is a very good one and one worth seeking out. The basic elements of Bribe have been seen before, but that's to be expected. Most of the fun in these kinds of films are in the details, the variations on the basic elements, and Bribe does a more than decent job here. True, it does fall down in the "MacGuffin" aspect; the reason that Robert Taylor is sent into this mess in the first place doesn't ring true. But that aside, Bribe takes its familiar playing pieces and arranges them in a pattern that is fairly entertaining. Things bog down in a place or two, but even the slower spot are made up for by two excellent sequences -- the "swimming with the sharks" segment and the wonderful climactic fireworks section. Robert Z. Leonard's direction in these two sequences is spot-on; if he's a little iffy in other places, he knows how to make the big moments pay off. Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner -- both in fine form physically -- do very well with their parts, but it is Charles Laughton and Vincent Price that walk off with the film.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/06/2009
UPC:
0883316203873
Original Release:
1949
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[B&W, Full Frame]
Time:
1:38:00
Sales rank:
32,281

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Taylor Rigby
Ava Gardner Elizabeth Hintten
Charles Laughton A.J. Bealer
Vincent Price Carwood
John Hodiak Tug Hintten
Samuel S. Hinds Dr. Warren
John Hoyt Gibbs
Tito Renaldo Emilio Gomez
Martin Garralaga Pablo Gomez
Robert Cabal Bellboy
David Cota Bellboy
Nacho Galindo Clerk
Felipe Turich Clerk
Frank Mayo Ad Lib American
Marcel dela Brosse Ad Lib Frenchman
Albert Pollet Ad Lib Frenchman
Juan Duval Waiter
Alberto Morin Waiter
Joe Dominguez Waiter
Ernesto Morelli Bartender
Julian Rivero Boatman
William Haade Walker
Fernando Alvarado Flute Player
Peter Cusanelli Rhumba Dancer

Technical Credits
Robert Z. Leonard Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Nacio Herb Brown Songwriter
Malcolm Brown Art Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Arnold A. Gillespie Special Effects
Hugh Hunt Set Decoration/Design
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Miklós Rózsa Score Composer
Gene Ruggiero Editor
Joseph Ruttenberg Cinematographer
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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