#95: DARK PURPOSE (1964)
In 1964 George Sanders made a melodrama called L'INTRIGO (THE INTRIGUE). It was marketed in North America as DARK PURPOSE; and though it was filmed in Italy, it had an American director and a cast that mostly spoke English. In the story George plays an art appraiser who goes to a count's villa with a lovely female assistant. Rossano Brazzi is the count, and Shirley Jones is the assistant. Soon Brazzi and Jones fall in love, but Brazzi is married to someone else (Giorgia Moll); and things get very complicated. George seems fairly sidelined since much of the action involves the three younger leads. Despite a routine script, DARK PURPOSE benefits from Gabor Pogany's striking cinematography-- though in a print that aired on TCM not long ago, there were obvious issues with the editing and the sound. The film was not a success, but at least George was able to spend several weeks in Italy making it. You might call it a paid vacation.