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Very respectable cast list. The two leads had successful TV series work ahead of them, as did several of the support players. The retiring lady novelist is played by a British actress who had some impressive and respected work behind her.

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According to IMDB, the two leading men in this film had an "affair" during filming...Now, I don't know if that's true or not, but the film is about boxing in a Pennsylvania coal town and has the same title as a very recent movie...

 

Edited by: mudskipper on Sep 16, 2010 1:12 PM

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Thanks. On the page that lists the threads for the forum there are columns marked Thread, Author Views, Replies, and Last Post. Every time somebody views the thread, the Views number increases. Now:

When Billy Wilder was casting "Some Like It Hot", he tried to get Edward G. Robinson for one of the roles. When Robinson heard that George Raft was already in the cast, he refused to do the movie. Wilder tried to lure him by giving a role to his son, Edward Jr. It didn't work. Robinson and Raft had worked together in a movie some years before and they did not get along at all with each other. In fact, the story that has circulated is that they got into a fist fight. Can you name that earlier movie where they worked together?

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Thanks, skipper.

 

The novelist/scripter who created this story later wrote of it: For years I had wanted to write a mystery in which the criminal and his crime were out in the open to the reader, but the investegators on his trail were shrouded in mystery. This could best be done in a setting of espionage. (Paraphrase, not a quote.) The story he wrote was filmed in the early 1950s. The setting was among the British population if Sierra Leone, during the WW II years.

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A police official's duties are concerned with the protection of British interests and Brit locals in a coastal Aferican country. After a shipwreck, he is entrusted with helping the Britsh subjects among the passengers (foreign ship). He falls for a young widow among the passengers and starts an affair.

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Edited by: cmvgor on Oct 8, 2010 9:50 AM

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The police official's wife is unhappy in this outpost, feeling snubbed by local Brit society. // A local shady businessman, knowing of the affair, forces the official to look the other way while some diamonds are smuggled.

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Things are closing in on the official, and his own religion and religious principles bother him most of all. Because he will not go to confession, he will also not take Communion. Trusted native associates are tortured and killed under conditions where he can prove nothing. Indirectly, he comes to learn that he is being investigated, and he dosen't know by whom. (This was, as mentioned, one of the effects the writer sought.) A longed-for promotion doesn't come through, and he had wanted to be able to let his wife move to South Africa until his tour of duty here was finished, and he could retire and join her.

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