EVERYTHING ABOUT A MOVIE?
|TIP ON A DEAD JOCKEY (director: Richard Thorpe; screenwriters: from the short story by Irwin Shaw/Charles Lederer; cinematographer: George J. Folsey; editor: Ben Lewis; music: Miklos Rozsa; cast: Robert Taylor (Lloyd Tredman), Dorothy Malone (Phyllis Tredman), Marcel Dalio (Toto del Aro), Martin Gabel (Bert Smith), Gia Scala (Paquita Heldon), Jack Lord (Jimmy Heldon), Jimmy Murphy (Jockey), Hayden Rorke (J.R. Nichols, Reno lawyer), Joyce Jameson (Sue Ann Finley), Wilton Graff (John Rusk - Phyllis' Father); Runtime: 99; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Edwin H. Knoff; MGM; 1957)|
|"I'll give you a tip that's a lock, don't
bet on this film to be in the money!"
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
A downbeat and unconvincing psychological
that ends with an unmerited happy ending and some
but remains watchable as a pedestrian star vehicle.
but veteran studio director Richard Thorpe ("Night
Suspicion"/"Malaya") only gets listless performances
from the cast.
Lederer bases it on the postwar stress-syndrome New
Yorker magazine short
story by Irwin Shaw. MGM's longtime contract
Taylor, "the Man with
the Perfect Profile," is
his usual stiff self as the handsome likable hero.
Lloyd Tredman (Robert Taylor) is a WWII
and during peace-time an airline pilot until recalled
for the Korean War,
where he's discharged at its end as a decorated hero.
But Lloyd has
lost his nerve to fly and is shaken by all the war
witnessed, so he decides to be an expatriate idler party-boy in Madrid
and after living
there for a month asks his pretty sweet wife Phyllis (Dorothy Malone) for a
divorce but gives her
no reason why. When a Reno lawyer tells the stunned
Phyllis she can't
get a divorce without stating the grounds as to why,
she flies to
Madrid to ask her hubby for an explanation. They
eight-weeks before his military recall, and seemed
happy. Lloyd tells
her war changes things and now he can't handle any
Living with Lloyd as a
houseguest is the
chatty Madrid native Toto (Marcel Dalio), around for
Also a neighbor is Jimmy
flew under Lloyd's command in Korea
and married a Spanish nurse named Paquita (Gia Scala)--the reason the best
friends came to
Madrid. The boys are broke and need a large sum of
money to jump-start
Jimmy in an import car business. Oily smuggler Bert
out of the blue to offer Lloyd $25,000 to fly to
Egypt and bring
back a box with English currency. Lloyd bets
all the money he has on a horse he has a stake in
with a rich lady to
win a steeplechase, and tells Smith if the horse
wins he won't take the
job. During the race the rival jockey causes Lloyd's
horse to take a
spill and the jockey (Jimmy
Murphy) to die.
The smuggling deal gets
dicey when Lloyd is
chased by Interpol when spotted as a smuggler and he
reforms while in
mid-flight by tipping off the Spanish authorities
that he's smuggling
heroin. Afterwards the lads are still broke but
Lloyd is not
imprisoned, his marriage is saved and he has
regained his nerve to fly.
I'll give you a tip that's a lock, don't bet on this film to be in the money!
REVIEWED ON 5/1/2010 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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