UK, Jugoslavia [sic] / 94 minutes / bw / Argo, Triglav, Trident, Seven Arts Dir: Don Chaffey Pr: David Henley Scr: J. Garrison, Don Chaffey Story: The Big Story (1957; vt The Crooked Road) by Morris L. West Cine: Stephen Dade Cast: Robert Ryan, Stewart Granger, Nadia Gray, Marius Goring, Catherine Woodville, George Coulouris, Robert Rietty, Milan Micić, Demeter Bitenc, Slobodan Dimitrijević, Murray Kash, Vladimir Bačić, Nikša Stefanini
Robert Ryan as Richard Ashley.
What’s this? A Robert Ryan movie I don’t know anything about? And he’s playing opposite Stewart Granger? And still I haven’t been aware of it? How could this possibly be?
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In some unnamed Mediterranean or Baltic country, the populist candidate Vittorio, Duke of Orgagna (Granger), seems well set to win the upcoming elections. However, Vittorio is a crook—his hands are not just dirty but bloody—and US journalist Richard Ashley (Ryan) has the evidence to prove it. All he needs are some vital photostats, and he’s made arrangements to buy these from shifty petty crook Garafano (uncredited).
Nadia Gray as Cosima, Duchess of Orgagna.
There are complicating factors. Vittorio’s wife Cosima (Gray) was the love of Richard’s life, and her marriage to the duke has done nothing to dampen the fire between them. Vittorio, meanwhile, has thrown his secretary and mistress Elena (Woodville) into the mix, hoping she’ll be able to seduce Richard into revealing what his plans are for the story that’ll blow Vittorio’s reputation to smithereens just days before the election.
Vittorio, through his fiendishly loyal factotum Carlo (Coulouris), has Continue reading