|A PRIZE OF GOLD (director: Mark Robson; screenwriters: based on a Max Catto novel/John Paxton/Robert Buchner; cinematographer: Ted Moore; editor: William Lewthwaite ; music: Malcolm Arnold; cast: Richard Widmark (Sgt. Joe Lawrence), Mai Zetterling (Maria), Nigel Patrick (Brian Hammell), George Cole (Sgt. Roger Morris), Donald Wolfit (Alfie Stratton), Joseph Tomelty (Uncle Dan), Andrew Ray (Conrad), Karel Stepanek (Dr. Zachmann), Eric Pohlmann (Fischer); Runtime: 98; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Irving Allen/Albert R. Broccoli; Columbia; 1955-UK)|
|"The routine thriller was done
in by too much sentimentality, a leaden
presentation and a dumb plot."
by Dennis Schwartz
Robson ("Bedlam"/"Roughshod"/"Isle of
the Dead") directs in a fast pace this idiotic
post-war thriller about the hijacking of
gold bullion being air-transported from Berlin to
London. It's based on Max Cato's novel, and is
written with deep plot holes by John Paxton and
When a street teen steals Joe's jeep, he tracks it down to a struggling refugee school for orphans run by the do-gooder Maria Koller (Mai Zetterling). Joe falls for the pretty lass, and decides to help her get a new start for the orphans by stealing one of the gold bricks in the shipment so she can start a school in Brazil. Sgt. Morris goes along with Joe's plan (never mind it's a criminal one!). The military men recruit three suspicious types to help pull off the heist, Roger’s Uncle Dan (Joseph Tomelty), retired fence Alfie Stratton (Donald Wolfit) and an ex-RAF pilot Brian Hammell (Nigel Patrick). When their crazy scheme goes into full motion, the escorts have second thoughts and wonder if it's too late to stop this crazy business.
The routine thriller was done in by too much sentimentality, a leaden presentation and a dumb plot.
REVIEWED ON 1/27/2015 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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