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Loser Takes All (1956)

Not Rated | | Comedy | September 1956 (UK)
Bertrand is an accountant employed by a large London firm. When he uncovers an accounting error, his employer is so thrilled that he sends Bertrand and his new wife, to Monte Carlo. The trip, however, is not completely as it seems...

Director:

Ken Annakin

Writer:

Graham Greene (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Glynis Johns ... Cary
Rossano Brazzi ... Bertrand
Robert Morley ... Dreuther
Tony Britton ... Tony
Felix Aylmer ... The Other
Joyce Carey ... Bird's Nest
Geoffrey Keen ... Reception Clerk
Peter Illing ... Stranger
Albert Lieven ... Hotel Manager
A.E. Matthews ... Elderly Man in Casino
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Bertrand is an accountant employed by a large London firm. When he uncovers an accounting error, his employer is so thrilled that he sends Bertrand and his new wife, to Monte Carlo. The trip, however, is not completely as it seems...

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Graham Greene must've needed the money...
21 December 2001 | by mdmphdSee all my reviews

This is a prime example of 50s excess, as it seems the notion of how gambling is detrimental to a new marriage is lost in a jumble. I suspect Graham Greene wanted to do a screwball comedy but it winds up an excuse to set two winsome but entirely mismatched stars loose in a romantic, foreign locale, filmed in Color and Cinemascope. Glynnis Johns had been getting really good roles in England and had just come out of Around the World in 80 Days. She'd played plenty of roles but here, she's inexplicably floating thru the movie like an excited child. Rozanno Brazzi was barely the bigger star, already a sensation in Italy from the early 40s and having made Three Coins in the Fountain, Summertime and the professor in the June Alyson version of Little Women. He plays a man good with numbers, but by all appearances is too old for his wife - she wears him out just by talking and he seems frustrated by his inability to keep up when she's on the fly. There are some cute, albeit brief glimpses of why this couple are together, but at heart, I didn't buy Brazzi, a master brooder, as an accountant in love with a numbers system that gets them wads of cash. They don't seem to be able to connect as a team most of the time and hence, we don't really care if they get out of their gambling troubles or not. There's a little screwball suspense around an imagined gambling debt and how they'll get out of their expensive hotel bill, and Robert Morley wanders in and out, barely blinking. Altho Glynis's wardrobe may have been eye catching and the casinos were put to good use for publicity, what we bankroll is a whitewashed Monte Carlo, complete with the two stars whisking by on a moped. Must've been charming in 1956, but today it's a test of endurance. I give this one and a half stars out of five. - MDMPHD (PS - You'll notice it's never mentioned as one of the great romantic comedies, much less as a film of note in any article or text. You'd do better with Brazzi in SUMMERTIME and Johns in NO HIGHWAY IN THE SKY to get these talented actors in their prime.)


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

September 1956 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Lua de Mel em Monte Carlo See more »

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Monaco See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

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2.35 : 1
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