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  • Actors: Jose Ferrer, Paula Raymond Cary Grant
  • Directors: Richard Brooks
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Bros.
  • DVD Release Date: June 22, 2009
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002EAYDTS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,276 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Crisis (1950)" on IMDb

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Eugene Ferguson pledged to help people when he became a doctor, but will he perform a life-saving surgery on a South American tyrant (Jose Ferrer) who's taken him captive? Yes, if Ferguson hopes to leave the troubled land. No, if he heeds the threats made by revolutionaries determined to overthrow the despot.

Cary Grant plays Ferguson, a physician navigating the unexpected terrain between a rock and a hard place in this political thriller that's the directorial debut of Richard Brooks (Elmer Gantry). The role is a change of pace for Grant, and he prepared for it with diligent study and observation of surgical procedures. The result is a portrayal rooted in reality and put across with the uncanny talent of one of film's greatest stars.

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The storyline and suspense was very good.
Oliver Henry Burd
His people are illiterate children, he says, and wouldn't know what to do with freedom if they had it.
calvinnme
Cary Grant acquits himself quite well and his character reflects the anger of a hostage memorably.
Manuel Pestalozzi

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By calvinnme HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 18, 2009
Format: DVD
This film is manufactured on demand by Warner Brothers, so make sure you check to see if you got what you ordered. In one case I ordered "Beast of the City" and received "Edison the Man". In this case I received "Crisis" as ordered, but its condition was such that it appeared to have been packed in its case by Catwoman, with her claws extended. Also note that this is a DVD-R with no extra features except a trailer.

The film itself is quite good. Cary Grant stars as a famous neurosurgeon who is vacationing in a South American country with his new bride. The pair are subject to a "friendly abduction" when the current president of that country, Raoul Farrago (Jose Ferrer), learns of his presence. You see, the president has a brain tumor, and due to the fact that his country is on the verge of civil war, he dares not travel to another country for the operation he needs to save his life.

Farrago is a tyrant who claims that he must be so because democracy would never work in his country. His people are illiterate children, he says, and wouldn't know what to do with freedom if they had it. However, being a national "father image" doesn't prevent the president from stealing everything in the country that isn't nailed down. The president's wife does a great job of emulating Evita Peron before much was really known about her. Then there is Gilbert Roland as the leader of the opposition. He wants to make his people free, as long as he gets to be the new dictator. Roland does a great job with this role. How far he has progressed here since his early days as an actor at the dawn of sound.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Loves Labs on July 18, 2009
Format: DVD
This is a great DVD with outstanding quality. I had never seen this movie before buying the DVD but lots of suspense and Cary Grant is just great. The plot definitely has substance! Highly Recommend!

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D. K. Daniel on January 5, 2011
Format: DVD
While at his best in comedy and suspense, Cary Grant liked to do something different on occasion (see "Destination Tokyo") and this script caught his eye. He was a generous fellow, too, and gave writer Richard Brooks the chance to direct his first movie (twenty-three more would follow).

According to the book "Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks" (UWiscPress, 2011, and available on amazon.com), the writer-turned-director had Spencer Tracy lined up to play Dr. Ferguson. Once Tracy dropped out and Grant dropped in, MGM demanded that Brooks revise the script and turn the doctor's young daughter (destined to be kidnapped to force the doctor to operate on the dictator) into a new wife, the feeling being that Cary Grant always needed a love interest to attract female moviegoers.

The studio refused to let Brooks film on location, though he was allowed to visit South America for research. Brooks made do with the MGM back lot when filming began. The Production Code wouldn't allow Dr. Ferguson to kill the dictator - revenge was no excuse for murder - and Brooks rewrote the original ending to accommodate the censors.

Luckily for the first-time director, Grant and Jose Ferrer headed up a great cast. The movie is better than its box office at the time. (The newspaper ads back then tried to fool people into thinking it was a comedy. Ticket buyers likely were peeved when they got a drama instead.) I suspect that today's audiences would be more accepting of Cary Grant in an off-beat role. The studio lost money on "Crisis" but kept Brooks directing for the next 10 years.

Tough as Nails: The Life and Films of Richard Brooks (Wisconsin Film Studies)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Lovins HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 4, 2011
Format: DVD
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) presents "CRISIS" (7 July 1950) (95 min/B&W) (Fully Restored/Dolby Digitally Remastered) -- Cary Grant is the brilliant, world-famous brain surgeon Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson who, while vacationing in a politically unstable Latin American country with his wife, Helen (Paula Raymond), find themselves the unwilling house guests of dictator Raoul Farrago (José Ferrer) --- Suffering from a brain tumor, Farrago insists that Ferguson operate at once --- The "crisis" of the title arises when revolutionary leader Gonzales (Gilbert Roland) demands that Farrago be killed on the operating table and kidnaps Dr. Ferguson's wife to bind the bargain.

Cary Grant is excellent in this thriller.

Under the production staff of:
Richard Brooks [Director[
George Tabori [story "The Doubters"]
Richard Brooks [Screenwriter]
Arthur Freed [Producer]
Miklós Rózsa [Original Film Music]
Ray June [Cinematographer]
Robert Kern [Film Editor]
E. Preston Ames [Art Direction]
Cedric Gibbons [Art Direction]

BIOS:
1. Richard Brooks [aka: Ruben Sax] [Director]
Date of Birth: 18 May 1912 - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Date of Death: 11 March 1992 - Beverly Hills, California

2. Cary Grant [aka: Archibald Alexander Leach]
Date of Birth: 18 January 1904 - Horfield, Bristol, England, UK
Date of Death: 29 November 1986 - Davenport, Iowa

3. José Ferrer [aka: José Vicente Ferrer de Otero y Cintrón]
Date of Birth: 8 January 1912- Santurce, Puerto Rico
Date of Death: 26 January 1992 - Coral Gables, Florida

4.
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