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Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Rita Hayworth , Glenn Ford , Vincent Sherman  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford
  • Directors: Vincent Sherman
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dubbed, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: September 23, 2008
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001D5DQHK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #102,424 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Affair in Trinidad" on IMDb

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When Steve Emery (Glenn Ford, 3:10 to Yuma (1957)) finds out that his brother is in trouble, he heads to Trinidad immediately, only to find out he’s been murdered. Meeting his brother’s wife, nightclub singer Chris (Rita Hayworth, Gilda), he finds her getting close to Max Fabian (Alexander Scourby, Ransom!). As Steve starts to question Max’s involvement with his brother’s death, Steve also finds himself falling for Chris. But what does Chris really know, and how far will Steve go to find the truth?

When Rita Hayworth collided with Glenn Ford in 1946's Gilda, the result was a film-noir cocktail with potent effects. Having re-teamed in the florid Loves of Carmen, it was natural to get the two together again in more noirish circumstances--which is where Affair in Trinidad comes in. In fact, it was Hayworth's first movie back in Hollywood after taking time off to marry Prince Aly Khan, and audiences might have wondered whether she still had the same oomph. As her nightclub numbers prove, she's got the goods when it comes to sashaying across a dance floor, although in this case her fun song-and-dance numbers are in the service of a plot that simply gets too complicated for its own good. Ford plays the stranger who arrives in Trinidad at the invitation of his brother, who used to be married to Rita and is now dead by suicide. Subterfuge with island bigwigs ensues. Alas, the chemistry between the stars is as gray as the general approach here: Hayworth is dazed and listless, while Ford tries to work up some energy by laboring too hard. It's easy enough to enjoy the attractive stars and the exotic-port-of-call idea of the thing, but the execution isn't up to snuff. In short, it's no Gilda. --Robert Horton

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent "Who-dun-it"... July 27, 2008
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This is an excellent "Who-dun-it" starring Glenn Ford, Rita Hayworth, and Alexander Scourby. Rita's husband dies of an apparent suicide...BUT...was it really a suicide and not a murder. Glenn Ford is the dead man's brother who comes to Trinidad to investigate and catch the killer. Suspects are the widow herself and a rich man she has a relationship with. Others in the cast add mystery and there are a couple of musical numbers by Hayworth. Sort of Film Noir and a very good mystery. Worth watching.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Hayworth & Ford re-team in Trinidad July 30, 2008
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Affair In Trinidad (1952) was made to re-team Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford who created such a sensation in Gilda in 1946. On it's own, Affair In Trinidad, is a very enjoyable Film Noir mystery thriller with a couple of steamy song and dance routines executed beautifully, as only Rita Hayworth can do. However, in a side by side comparison to Gilda, it is a disappointment, but still worth watching, none-the-less. For those of you who have never seen Gilda, do yourself a favor, and watch it. Gilda is one of the truly great films of the 1940s. You will not be disappointed in this Film Noir mystery thriller, with great performances, some snappy dialog and a few twists and turns that will hold your attention to the very end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Affair in Trinidad April 20, 2009
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Affair in Trinidad was part of the film noir movement of the forties & fifties. It's not the greatest example of that genre but it's still very good. It stars the lovely Rita Hayworth & was her first film in four years. It also stars Glenn Ford who, in just a few more years, would become a box office bonanza. It's directed by the capable Vincent Sherman.

The film opens with an investigation into suicide. The husband (who's never seen) of Chris Emery (Hayworth) is found dead in his boat. It's ruled as a suicide but Inspector Smythe (Torrin Thatcher) doesn't really believe it. He's gotten another statement from one of the local fishermen that leads him to believe otherwise. Smythe & Anderson, the American Ambassador, go to the club where Chris works to inform her of her husband's death. Here we are treated with a performance number by Chris that's a burner. It's interesting to note that all the dance routines were choreographed by Valerie Bettis who portrays Veronica in the film.

Steve Emery (Ford) is introduced on an airplane that's flying to Trinidad. He has a letter from his brother, who he doesn't know is dead, inviting him down for a job as a pilot. Steve meets one of the co=conspirators on the plane, Bronec (Walter Kohler), who has an unusual reaction when Steve asks him does he know his brother.

Apparently, there's some international intrigue going on in Trinidad & Max Fabian (Alexander Scourby) is behind it all. He has a past of doing this sort of thing previously. Inspector Smythe believes it's Fabian behind the death of Chris's husband. He enlists her aid to get the necessary evidence so that he can arrest Fabian. A sham coroner's inquest is held where the death is ruled as a suicide.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More than I expected April 24, 2000
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I have seen Ford and Hayworth in movies (seperately) since World War II. The story is quite good, as are the script and the direction. The suspense and plot twists are interesting, and Rita Hayworth was very good in a fairly difficult role. I expected only a steamy romance vehicle, having seen repeatedly publicity so indicating for Gilda and for this picture. I was very pleased at the picture,including theTrinidadian blacks being so favorably and well protrayed for the time, and such roles being very well acted. And there is some chemistry there ! Maybe 3 1/2 stars out of 5 (I don't give many 5s).
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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The thriller plot with a beautiful woman under-cover and unable to respond to maligning suspicions seems to me to owe much to Hitchcock's sublime "Notorious." (The original murder mystery of the plot is never solved. Hitchcock would not have left that hanging.)

The noirish cinematography is excellent, though the editing cannot compare with that in "Notorious" (or "Gilda"). I find Glenn Ford's sanctimonious hard to take (here as elsewhere).

Primarily, however, this was a vehicle for the return of screenn goddess Rita Hayworth in 1952, after the collapse of her marriage to Ali Khan ended her early retirement. There is a sadness underlying many of Rita Hayworth's sultry performances (as in "Gilda").

She could most certainly dance! No one at the time credited her with being able to act, but she could do that, too. She was so mesmerizingly beautiful that she just had to be vapid, everyone seems to have thought. 34 years old when she made this film, she looked absolutely ravishing.

The film's costume design won an Academy Award, but in the (deservedly) best-remembered scene, she danced barefoot.
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Columbia Pictures presents "AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD" (1952) ~ (98 min/B&W) ~ Starring: Rita Hayworth, Glenn Ford, Alexander Scourby, Valerie Bettis & Torin Thatcher

Directed by Vincent Sherman

When Steve Emery (Ford) arrives in Trinidad at the urgent request of his brother, he is stunned to find that his brother has not only been murdered, but that his brother's wife Chris (Hayworth) is succumbing to the seduction attempts of the murderer. His feelings are further exacerbated when he discovers that he, too, is becoming strongly attracted to Chris, who is a steamy cabaret singer. She, in turn, is playing off one against the other while betraying the secrets of both men to the police (Thatcher), for whom she is secretly working.

Oscar Nominated Best Costume Design, Black-and-White (Jean Louis)

Hayworth at her best!

Special footnote: ~ The song "Rum and Coca Cola" by The Andrews Sisters was originally a calypso song composed and performed by a Trinidad calypso band in the mid-1940s. At that time the American military maintained two bases in Trinidad. The song is about the soldiers from these bases and how a mother and daughter provided "pleasure" for the "Yankee dollar". Actually, if one walked around Port of Spain - Trinidad's capital city - during this period it was a common sight to see American soldiers and sailors with local women at hotels and bars ~ Hayworth practiced hard to try and do her own singing, but finally Morris Stoloff hired Jo Ann Greer to dub Rita's voice. Greer and Hayworth worked well together and she later dubbed Rita in "Miss Sadie Thompson" and "Pal Joey" ~

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5.0 out of 5 stars A Rita Hayworth Pleasure
Love that Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. What a duo! Love these "classic" movies. Watch Rita in all of her movies. The woman had talent and likeability.
Published 1 month ago by My Three Cents
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great to know about a Trinidadian field movie
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Love Rita Hayworth
Not as good as Gilda or Loves of Carmen, but still great. Anything with Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth together is going to be good.
Published 13 months ago by Judy Gamble
4.0 out of 5 stars Rita Hayworth is just great again
A good blend of entertainment, intrigue and passion. Rita delivers an interesting character. Glen Ford kept the same image as in GILDA with more maturity. A good story line.
Published 15 months ago by Troubadour
5.0 out of 5 stars AFFAIR IN TRINIDAD
Published 16 months ago by Richard A. Shanken
5.0 out of 5 stars Only one Rita Hayworth
She may not be well known as some actresses but when she appeared onscreen, you knew it. She could steal any screen. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Alan E. Neutzel
5.0 out of 5 stars Not so well known romantic film noire in the style of Gilda
If you like gilda, you'll really enjoy this not oft televised thriller with the best in the genre, Ford and Hayworth!
Published 16 months ago by Chester J. Zaba
4.0 out of 5 stars Rita Hayworth Sizzles
Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford do belong together. Once again they make the screen Sizzle as they did in "Gilda". Who done it, well watch this movie great and find out.
Published 17 months ago by John M
3.0 out of 5 stars A fair potboiler
Affair in Trinidad(released July/52)stars,among others,Rita Hayworth as Chris Emery,Glenn Ford as Steve Emery and Torin Thatcher as Inspector Smythe. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Robert Badgley
5.0 out of 5 stars Another worthwhile Hayworth-Ford verhicle
Affair in Trinidad (Vincent Sherman, 1952, 98')

Producers Vincent Sherman, Rita Hayworth (uncredited) Virginia Van Upp (associate. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Dr René Codoni
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