Hollywood icon George Raft's final starring role finds the gangster icon swept-up in espionage and intrigue in the mean streets of Algiers as an American tourist mistaken for a spy. Rome supplied an atmospheric stand-in for Algiers, with the film shot almost entirely in Italy, complete with a majority Italian crew and cast save for Raft and actress Irene Papas (a Greek beauty making her American debut; she would later would become one of the biggest international stars of the 1950s). Missing gold, thumbless men, fortune tellers, roulette wheels, sinister forces and other pulp flourishes keep the plot moving briskly while the postwar ruins and decay of Rome provide a unique, fascinating atmosphere that sets this low-budget noir apart from the rest. - Jason Sanders
A $100 million gold cache, hidden in the North African desert during World War II, is at the center of the crime mystery plot. George Raft, mistaken for an American detective working for French Intelligence, is drawn into the hunt for the missing gold and quickly finds himself a suspect in the strangulation murder of beautiful Irene Papas.
- Film noir / 1950s noir
- Classic / Classic Crime
- Crime / Crime-fighter / Detective
- International / European / Italian
- International / European / United Kingdom
- Film noir / International noir
- International / Americas / North American / American
- Action/Adventure / Treasure Hunting
- Crime / Transgression / Murder
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...class act that Raft - gotta know 'Casablanca' ...wish the guy had accepted more roles ...liked his days off...
I Love! it says Bruno!
Not really very coherent, but mildly interesting would-be noir thriller, set in Algiers. Apparently some of the film was actually filmed there, but mostly this was limited to the airport and a few night shots in the city. The rest is pretty well bound to the sound stage. George Raft gets the girl. Big surpise (not).
Classic noir. The plot was really great with a cluttered midsection typical of the genre. I loved the use of shadows, but the camera angles could have been a little more creative. The era was well represented by great suits and overall style. Good movie.
A very clever old school detective drama. A really good flick...
this is true to fact american classic cinema , I loved the movie; this is classy cinema.