Golden Salamander (GFD 1949, Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimee)

Golden Salamander Trevor Howard

Golden Salamander saw Trevor Howard strongly cast as an archaeologist who is sent to North Africa to collect valuable antiques for the luxurious home of Walter Rilla. Howard is accomodated at an inn run by Anouk and, as a result of an accident, Howard stumbles on a flourishing gun-running racket and recognises her brother Jacques Sernas as one of the gun-runners, along with Herbert Lom. Howard, who is falling in love with Anouk, realizes he must face the situation and arranges for Sernas to leave for Paris. Howard also tells Anouk of her brother’s activities. But Lom has learned of Sernas’ plans and, a few days later, Howard finds Sernas’ corpse. He is roused to action and devotes himself to unmasking the leader of the gun-runners …

Former cinematographer Neame, making his second film as director made vivid use of atmospheric Tunisian locations and the moody monochrome cinematography of Oswald Morris to give the narrative strong dramatic force, and brilliantly staged the tense climactic wild boar hunt-cum-chase over mountainous Tunisian countryside. Noted The Sunday Times , “the brilliant light and sharp outlines of the background lend freshness to the tale” while, stated the Sunday Graphic , “the photography is magnificent and much to the credit of Oswald Morris, whose first film as lighting cameraman this”.

Golden Salamander

Cast: Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimee, Herbert Lom, Miles Malleson, Walter Rilla, Jacques Sernas, Wilfrid Hyde-White, Peter Copley

Director: Ronald Neame
Producers: Ronald Neame, Alexander Galperson
Screenwriters: Lesley Storm, Victor Canning, Ronald Neame from Canning’s novel.
Music: William Alwyn
Cinematography: Oswald Morris

UK / GFD – Pinewood / 87 minutes / 1949

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