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A film noir sleeper
- Paul Anghinetti
A smartly acted and taut crime drama that represents one of the better film noir offerings of the 1940's. Taylor reveals his ability to play a stoic, understated role. Gardner as femme fatale and Lawton's usual professionalism. The direction, editing and pace of this film enhance the suspense.
Great study in character as Rigby(Robert Taylor) is sent to investigate a smuggling operation on a Central American island, I wonder where his jurisdiction ended ? Well, while he is there he falls in love with Elizabeth Hintten(Ava Gardner) who couldn't be lovelier , especially with the tropical heat. Charles Laughton and Vincent Price are doing the racketeering and they are very good !What draws the film down is the poor lack of pace and unusual amount of dialogue, otherwise it gets 5 stars out of 5. The film tries to build to a crescendo but stumbles along the way.But it is atmospheric and very well photgraphed. Definitely worth a look see. 4 stars out of 5.
Good story,good acting so-so plot
Thought everyone did well in their parts,Ava and Robert.Laughton and Vinny are good bad guys
Este filme excelente. Tem um elenco fascinante desde Robert Taylor , Vincent Price e a deslumbrante Ava Gardner. Um timo filme que conta com uma direo afinada de Robert Z. Leornard.
- Susan W
This is one of my favorite Robert Taylor movies. Having been made in 1949, it's post WWII and his face reflects a bit more 'experience' having lost the innocence you saw in him before he served in the war. (Which I respect immensely....you wouldn't see today's "movie stars" serving in the military.) I really enjoy this movie for it's gritty nature and the passion Robert's character feels for Ava Gardner, on and off the screen, is obvious. They make a great couple! The movie offers a mystery, action, keeps you riveted to your seat and those wonderful kisses aren't bad either! Oh, to swoon over Robert Taylor...is a good thing, indeed. I enjoyed all the characters performances - very entertaining.
You'll need to bribe me to watch it again!
With the exception of Sir Charles (Laughton) performance I was very disappointed w/ "The Bribe"...The plot was certainly on the dull side albeit greed is always a good basis for a story BUT, not paying taxes on scapped airplane engine's from WWII - nah!And as far as TCM's synopsis goes - it took Ava about a nanosecond (in that beautiful half-strapless evening dress) to seduce ol' Bob Taylor.Also, any actor could have played John Hodiak's role (about 10 minutes of screen time) and I LIKE John Hodiak.
The Bribe on DVD
- Jeffrey Kenison
I wouldn't mind having this movie DVD. I like Charles Laughton.
Great Film Noir Performances
- J. Dordick
Ava Gardner was at her most beautiful; Robert Taylor was at his most beautiful and the screen sizzled. The character actors were among the finest of the period, particularly Charles Laughton. This was one of my favorite popular films from the period, and I have wanted to see it again for years. This is definately an oldie-but-goodie that should have been out on video long before now. And why is it that TCM has never shown it???!!! Everyone will love it!