Movies From the Hat VI #15 – Catherine’s Pick – The Prize (1963)


This is my 3452nd Review

Thanks to  Catherine of Thoughts All Sorts for this recommendation.

“Never deny a man his right to be unconscious. ” – Andrew

Number of Times Seen – 1 (15 Oct 2017)

Brief Synopsis – A Nobel Prize winner is invited to the annual ceremony to collect his award and gets involved in international intrigue and espionage.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before it was recommended to me and I liked the Hitchcokian feel of this storyline.

The idea to mix Cold War political intrigue with the Nobel Prize Ceremony is a great one and the story makes so much sense for the time it was made for.

Unfortunately, the heavy Cold War theme feels a bit dated 55 years on, yet still works within the constraints of the knowledge of that day.

The story moves along at a great pace and remains interesting the whole time due to the various twists and turns along the way.

This isn’t one of Paul Newman’s best roles, but it still is a memorable one for him because he plays the role of a drunk author quite well.

Edward G. Robinson is great in his role because he is so convincing at everything that he does here.

Bottom Line – Newman is great here as the savvy author who gets caught up in more than he imagined. The idea to meld together the idea of the Nobel Prize ceremony with an espionage plot that could ignite the Cold war is ingenious and it would seem like a great idea for a Hitchcock thriller. The story moves along at a nice pace and things remain quite interesting the whole way through. Feels a bit dated due to it’s heavy Cold War ideas, but still works 55 years later. Robinson and Newman are both great here despite this not being the best role of either of their careers. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Bears many plot similarities, similar scenes, and actors in common with North by Northwest (1959) due to both being written by Ernest Lehman. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy

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3 thoughts on “Movies From the Hat VI #15 – Catherine’s Pick – The Prize (1963)

  1. Always liked this movie. I had read the novel before seeing it, so kind of knew what to expect. Like Rob said – kind of Hitchcock-lite. But an interesting cast (always liked Elke Sommer) – although not sure what cast similarities it has to North By Northwest. Can’t think of any off the top of my head. Newman got to work with Hitchcock later in his career – but not in one of the master’s better films (“Torn Curtain”). I liked the way the Nobel winners (some) get to use their expertise at the end when things get crazy (“Improvise – improvise!!”

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