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  • Actors: Trevor Howard, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Herbert Lom, Anouk Aimee
  • Directors: Roland Neame
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 12 Sept. 2011
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005DLVQT0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,793 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The first ever DVD release of this classic British film that won an award at the Locarno Film Festival. An exotic British thriller adapted from the best selling novel by Victor Canning and directed by Ronald Neame (The Poseidon Adventure). Trevor Howard (Brief Encounter, The Third Man) stars as archaeologist David Redfern, a man who has been dispatched to a small North African town to recover priceless artefacts and finds himself in deep trouble when he stumbles on a sinister smuggling racket. Not wanting any trouble Redfern keeps quiet when he discovers a gang of gun runners led by Rankl (Herbert Lom) who drinks in a café with Agno (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and Douvet (Miles Malleson). The café is run by beautiful French émigré Anna (Anouk Aimee - Lola, La Dolce Vita) and when Redfern falls in love with Anna Redfern he realises that he must act, but fails to realise how dangerous his opponents really are... Extra Features include: Stills Gallery, Booklet notes and Best of British trailers

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By David Turner on 4 Nov. 2011
Format: DVD
The 'Best of British Releases' provide a refreshing and compelling look into the many UK films from the 50's. Long forgotten gems are finally seeing the light of day on DVD thanks to ODEON ENTERTAINMENT. 'Golden Salamander' is a typical black and white thriller originally released in 1950.
The story,adapted from the popular selling novel by Victor Canning tells the tale of archaelogist David Redfern (Trevor Howard) sent to Africa to retrieve priceless treasures for return to England. During the project he runs, unexpectadly, into a group of smuggling gun runners.
The film moves into a superb cat and mouse game of who and whom not to trust. Co starring Herbert Lom, Anouk Aimee (later star of the award winning foreign movie 'Un Homme et Une Femme'). The film is well paced and edited. This together with a continual atmosphere of suspicion and distrust makes for compulsive viewing. Only one small obervation. The love attraction between between Howard and Aimee seemed unconvincing . That said, Odeon are to be congratulated on the excellent programme notes and remastering of this and similar films from times past.

David Turner London UK)
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A. W. Wilson TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jun. 2012
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I do like it when Odeon release a "Best of.." and it is - well - one of them. This 1949 film had a great (Victor Canning) plot, good (Ronald Neame) direction (Come on Odeon - Roland Neame??), and casting to wonder at - Miles Malleson as Police Chief! I bet he was amazed when he read the script. Hyde White in a part he could play so well, that of a seedy bar fly. Lom in a good early very villainous part, and, not forgetting Trevor and the ever gorgeous incredible Anouk Aimee, (who really made this film for me - does anyone else think she looked just a bit like a young Pier Angeli in certain shots). Sadly I agree with David Turner (Excellent Review) that her attracion to Trevor didn't really ring true, but that's a small point, and overall I highly recomend this thriller to film lovers everywhere. I would like to end on 2 minor negative points. 1) The opening sequence is VERY dark-could something not have been done? 2) And this is a favourite grump of mine-Odeon produced a very good little booklet full of interesting facts-but...No Cast List. If Renown can do it so can Odeon. I had to stop the film to check a ref book to get Peter Copley's name. Driving me mad it was. Good film. Good fun. Good Price. What more can a film fan want?
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Coral Newton on 11 April 2013
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Trevor Howard was always a favourite of mine and in this film he plays an honest man, who, by accident, gets mixed up with a number of very nasty people. The picture was filmed entirely in Tunis so we get lots of atmosphere and some great views of the area and scenery. Based on a book by best selling author, Winston Graham, there is plenty of action and romance.

Herbert Lom is a particularly nasty character but there are plenty of others too. The romance is supplied by charming French actress Anouk Aimee.

Not a great film, but entertaining.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Higgins on 11 July 2014
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One of the best films made from Victor Canning's books. An archaeologist is sent to North Africa to pack up a collection, accidentally sees a truck load of rifles. Who should he tell? Trevor Howard looks far too old for Anouk Aimee, but the rest of the cast is splendid, especially Wilfred Hyde-White as the bar pianist.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jack Burnham on 9 Mar. 2012
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One of the many pleasures this film has to offer is the opportunity to see Miles Malleson & Wifred Hyde-White given the chance to do something different. The memory of Wilfred, the unwashed bar room pianist, languidly playing Clopin Clopant is still with me. Well done chaps.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By P. D. Roberts on 12 May 2012
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This is what Sunday Afternoons were made for! A good B/W which held your attention from start to finish. Good alround acting with herbert lom playing a small role as the local thug.
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