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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrilling Salamander, 4 Nov. 2011
This review is from: Golden Salamander [DVD] (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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Initial post: 2 Mar 2012 02:14:56 GMT
John Gough says:
I recall seeing this on TV in Australia several years ago.
Two things struck me at the time.
The film seemed to be trying to capitalise on the popularity of "The Third Man", blended, perhaps, with "Casablanca".
Secondly, Wilfred Hyde-White as a sly villain was a revelation, especially as he strummed away, seemingly innocently, on the bar-room piano, an odd, haunting, deceptively gentle song.
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