The Vincent Price Blogathon – The Bribe (1949)


This is my first of 3 reviews for the The Vincent Price Blogathon 2020 taking place this weekend  and being hosted by Gill of WeegieMidget and Barry of Cinema Catharsis

Tnx for letting me partake Guys!

“I never knew a crooked road could look so straight. What do you suppose makes it look that way? You being around – that could be it. ” – Rigby

Number of Times Seen – 1 (16 Apr 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A Federal agent is sent to Central America in order to stop a plot to steal engines from US planes returning from the war overseas.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recall hearing about a few years ago since it is spliced into make scenes of Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982), yet it too this blogathon to get me to finally check it out.

They do a great job with this intriguing noir film in order to create a very suspenseful and thrilling atmosphere for the characters to live in.

The film sports an amazing cast and Robert Taylor is great in the lead role of Rigby.

In addition to Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, Vincent Price and John Hodiak all help keep things even more mysterious and thrilling.

Price stands out in this film largely due to the fact that his character isn’t payed by Price in his usual way which makes it even harder to believe that it is truly Price in this role.

The film has some great twists along the way that keep things even more thrilling and interesting to watch unfold.

The location shooting in Central America is also filmed in a great way because we constantly get the feel of a Third World Country atmosphere while all pf these characters move in conniving ways to try and get what they want.

The fact that the movie doesn’t paint any of the characters as being pure good or eeil also enhances things because just like the characters themselves, the audience never truly knows who can be trusted as things move along.

Bottom Line – Intriguing film noir that does a nice job creating a thrilling and suspenseful atmosphere. The cast is superb with Taylor doing a wonderful job in the lead.  He is helped by Gardner, Laughton, Price and Hodiak in creating a more enjoyable mystery that has some nice twists and turns along the way. The location shooting helps give us the feel of a third world country while the characters all move in very mysterious and conniving ways. Love the way that none of the characters are pure good or evil and that helps enhance things because we ever know who can truly be trusted.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Some scenes were re-purposed in Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982). (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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9 thoughts on “The Vincent Price Blogathon – The Bribe (1949)

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  2. I always enjoy seeing Vincent Price in non-horror roles. I have seen a lot of noir, but I have yet to see The Bribe. I will definitely have to check it out!

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