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Surprise Package (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 September 1960 (UK)
An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Art Buchwald (based on a book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Nico March
Mitzi Gaynor ... Gabby Rogers
Noël Coward ... King Pavel II (as Noel Coward)
Eric Pohlmann ... Chief of Police Stefan Miralis
George Coulouris ... Dr. Hugo Panzer
Guy Deghy ... Tibor Smolny
Warren Mitchell ... Klimatis
Lyndon Brook ... Stavrin
Alf Dean Alf Dean ... Igor Trofim (as Man Mountain Dean)
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Storyline

An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local police chief. Upon meeting an exiled king, he attempts to purchase the king's family jewels for a million dollars. However, when he wires for the money to his associates back home, they double cross him and send him a beautiful gun moll instead. Written by anonymous

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Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Geschenk für den Boß See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There is only one scene in the entire film where Yul Brynner is not seen smoking a cigar. The actor died of cancer some 25 years afterwards and attributed his illness to smoking; his last appearance was in an anti-smoking commercial. See more »

Quotes

Nico March: [last line, to Gabby] Keep up the good work, honey, and in four hundred and twenty-two years, we'll be even!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: UPSTATE NEW YORK See more »

Soundtracks

Surprise Package
By Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by vocal chorus over credits
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Hardly Donen's finest hour.
2 September 2019 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

Stanley Donen may have been the producer and director and the stars might be Yul Brynner and Mitzi Gaynor, as well as Noel Coward, but this comedy is a British production, filmed mostly on the island of Rhodes and shot, not in picture-postcard colour, but in black and white. The thin plot has deported gangster Brynner planning to steal exiled king Noel Coward's crown and the largely British cast includes George Coulouris, Warren Mitchell, Lyndon Brook and Eric Pohlmann as a corrupt police chief. Brynner does his best but he's not a natural comic actor and this is one of his poorest performances and try as he might, even a miscast Coward can do nothing with the mostly limp material, (though at least he does stop the show when he sings the title song). The film's real surprise is Gaynor as Brynner's moll. She's no actress but she sure is sprightly in that perky Mitzi Gaynor way of hers. It's not terrible; in fact, it's quite amusing in its very daft way but it's hardly Donen's finest hour.


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