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Malaga (1954)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 5 November 1954 (USA)
Joanna Dane, a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA), is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Sale

Writer:

Robert Westerby
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Maureen O'Hara ... Joanna Dana
Macdonald Carey ... Van Logan
Binnie Barnes ... Frisco
Harry Lane Harry Lane ... Augie
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ... Paul Dupont
James O'Hara ... Danny Boy (as James Lilburn)
Hugh McDermott ... Richard Farrell
Guy Middleton ... Soames Howard
Ferdy Mayne ... Mustapha
Eric Corrie Eric Corrie ... Pebbles
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Potts
Derek Sydney ... Signor Amato
Jacques Cey Jacques Cey ... Monsieur Ducloir
Gérard Tichy ... Cronkhite
Mike Brendel Mike Brendel ... Tiger
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Storyline

Joanna Dane, a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA), is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming business in contraband with counterparts in Spain and Italy, and also contribute to a high death rate among the Tangier policemen. She gets work in a waterfront dive owned by "Frisco" and is soon being courted by Van Logan, another American agent but posing as one of the smugglers. Most of the action is set in Tangier, with a brief interlude in Spanish Gibraltar, and the climax is a gun battle between the Tangier civil police and the smugglers on the North African shore of the Mediterranean. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Girl Who Lives By Her Smile...And A Man Who Lives By His Gun! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Fire Over Africa See more »

Filming Locations:

Málaga, Andalucía, Spain See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Frankovich Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Quotes

Van Logan: Hi
Joanna Dana: Alright talk and talk fast and I better like your story
Van Logan: Like any other woman your late
Joanna Dana: Late, Late for what?
Van Logan: The dinner I told you about, what all this?
Joanna Dana: Oh, I forgot to tell ya, I'm just a natural true born slob
Van Logan: Countess you can't discourage me that easily
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A Bit Too Superficial
9 December 2018 | by Uriah43See all my reviews

This film takes place in Tangier in which smugglers operating in the Mediterranean have adopted as their base. To that effect, certain European countries and America have banded together to form a type of police agency to thwart these efforts with their main objective being to discover the identity of the leader for this crime syndicate. Unfortunately, after a rash of killings which has left 20 of their best undercover operatives dead they fear that they are no closer to solving this question than they were before they started. So while discussing their options at a meeting the American representative "Richard Farrell" (Hugh McDermott) proposes using a former O.S.S. agent who might be able to gain substantial information based on the fact that she is a female. And in order to protect her safety he reveals that only he will know her identity. The problem is that upon her arrival in Tangier he is killed immediately after their first meeting. So this leaves her in a hostile environment with no contacts and most importantly-nobody to trust. Now rather than reveal any more I will just say the main problem I had with this film was that neither Maureen O'Hara (as "Joanna Dana") or Macdonald Carey ("Van Logan") seemed believable in their roles. Likewise, the plot was a bit too superficial as well. In any case, while this wasn't a terribly bad movie, I just couldn't get that interested in it and for that reason I have rated it accordingly. Slightly below average.


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