|SNOWBOUND (director: David MacDonald; screenwriters: Keith Campbell/David Evans/based on the novel "The Lonely Skier" by Hammond Innes; cinematographer: Stephan Dade; editor: James Needs; music: Cedric Thorpe Davie; cast: Robert Newton (Derek Engles), Dennis Price (Neil Blair), Mila Parély (Carla Rometta, alias Comtessa Forelli), Stanley Holloway (Joe Wesson), Guy Middleton (Gilbert Mayne), Marcel Dalio (Stefano Valdini), Herbert Lom (Von Kellerman, alias Keramikos), Willy Fueter (Aldo-innkeeper), Catherina Ferraz (Emilia, innkeeper); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Aubrey Baring; Universal International (Gainsborough Pictures); 1948-UK/USA)|
|"The story is
not convincing and neither is the studio bound
snow, but most of all its lack of action
should disappoint viewers."
by Dennis Schwartz
film-maker David MacDonald ("A Lady
Mislaid"/"Man in Demand"/"Triple Blackmail") directs
this thriller that's set in the Italian Alps, where
Nazi loot that was hidden during the war is searched
for by various concerned parties that include a former
British intelligence officer. It's based on the
novel "The Lonely Skier" by Hammond Innes.
The searchers, congregating at a remote skier's inn in
the Italian Alps, include a film director (Robert
Newton), a former British intelligence officer, and
his screenwriter (Dennis Price); a soft-spoken
ex-Gestapo officer (Herbert Lom), who wants the gold
for a Fourth Reich; a renegade British officer (Guy
Middleton), who stole the identity of another soldier
and wants the gold for himself; a Brit movie cameraman
(Stanley Holloway), an Italian courtesan countess (Mila Parély),
the film's heroine, with links to the Nazis in the
past when known as Carla; and her criminal enabler (Marcel
Dalio). Things freeze over when this motley
group become snowbound in the same inn, and have no
luck finding the gold.
story is not convincing and neither is the studio
bound snow, but most of all its lack of action should
disappoint viewers. What it does well is let a fine
cast of character actors go overboard in the acting
department and they keep things entertaining.
REVIEWED ON 8/27/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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