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The Bribe

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The Bribe starts with a storm and ends with fireworks - fitting bookends for a crime thriller full of passion, greed and double crosses. The story revolves around a war-surplus racket operated from an island off the Central American coast, where federal agent Robert Taylor runs into the only thing steamier than the weather: Ava Gardner. World-wise, world-weary and fabulous looking, Taylor and Gardner epitomize noir sex appeal. And the consummate actors playing the villains couldn't be more adept at oozing evil. Vincent Price portrays the suave criminal mastermind and Charles Laughton is his henchman, a sweaty wharf rat.

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  • Actors: Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton. Vincent Price, John Hodiak
  • Directors: Robert Z. Leonard
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: MGM
  • DVD Release Date: January 25, 2010
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00347AILW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,669 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bribe" on IMDb

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Mangravite on December 17, 2009
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"The Bribe" is an M.G.M. noir--which means that it's a pretty posh-looking affair compared to the threadbare efforts of R.K.O. or Universal, and even looks richer than a Paramount or a Fox film noir. It featured two of M.G.M.s top attractions--Robert Taylor and Ava Gardner--so it's also a more romantic noir than one might expect it to be. (Hint: Ava is the bribe.)
But "The Bribe" is based on a story by Frederick Nebel, one of the genuine lesser masters of the hardboiled style, and for that reason alone would be worth the watching. As is, "The Bribe" is a top-flight lesser noir. Coming as it did after the noir mold had begun to jell, it offers few surprises. Robert Taylor is the saavy G-Man who is not immune to Ava's charms. Vincent Price offers another up of his noir villains as a thoroughly corrupt war profiteer. (At this point in his career, even when Price was on the side of the angels--playing the D.A. in "Leave Her to Heaven, for instance--he could be pretty unpleasant.) The film's surprise, if there is one, is Charles Laughton's turn as Price's cowardly flunkey. John Hodiak rounded out the cast as Gardner's alcoholic, ex-hero husband. The pleasures of "The Bribe" are those of watching an established formula expertly executed. All of the ingredients are there, and the results are the expected ones. (The director of note on the film was Robert Z. Leonard, an old M.G.M. hand going back to the 1930s, but the dazzling climax--the one thing in the film that you're most likely to remember--was reputedly directed by Vincente Minnelli.)
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By WolfThieme on July 31, 2010
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Very rare movie from the late 40s with beautiful Ava Gardner and tough Robert Taylor (but always in the shadow of Clark Gable). Only Charles Laughton as smeary villain tops them all. A high time thriller of a long forgotten black and white past of Hollywood movies
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Esar Shvartz on April 20, 2011
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A top cast in an enjoyable tropical noir with all the one liners and cliches. The romantic angle between Taylor and Gardner limps a little but this is well compensated by Laughton's excellent performance as the fat man 'who sweats a lot'. Period style of the 40's required the men to wear jackets and ties, and you feel sorry for the poor souls sweating in the humid tropical heat. Despite a weak story line, it is a gem for noir lovers.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. A. Hansen on February 3, 2012
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For the longest time there was a staff review on here that absolutely panned this movie. There were no other reviews. That review sort soured me on buying this 2nd hand. I very much wanted to see this because "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid" borrowed heavily from "The Bribe". Martin's character Rigby Reardon is named from this movie. Matlin's Classic Movie Guide also panned this movie. Maybe some people just don't get it, had a bad meal or fought with their spouse before they watched the movie. In Maltin's guide the reviewer states something like Taylor is sleep-walking through his role or looks embarassed. I don't see anything like that. How could he be sleepy he's working next a slutry and radiant Gardner. She is just a beauty in this movie. And then there's Laughton-what a performance. Every scene he is in is riveting. Last is Price in a brilliant role. How can someone not like this movie. I'll admit the engine graft plot device is prosaic and I'll agree with Ursini's theory, ie nobody watches these movies for plot, for this movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Santiago on August 27, 2013
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I love this movie. Ava Gardner makes the movie happen. She truly was a fine and talented actress but, unfortunately, was her own worse critic.I believe it was she actually singing "Situation Wanted" in this movie; but it didn't matter because each of her scenes brought out the natural beauty The camera really loved her as it followed her while she sang, strolling through the nightclub. and the rest of the movie. The story may have been weak but every scene with her in it truly made one realize Hollywood knew what it was doing. The stars of the 40's really brought glamour ( even in simple clothing - no glamourous gowns in this movie) to the silver screen. Although she traveled throughout the world, met with Royalty, loved Spain/London, bullfighters, celebrities and had three Hollywood marriages, she knew she was still a country girl and would one day return to Smithfield (Grabtown, whatever) NC for her final resting place near her family. She was a charmer but wasn't hesitate in expressing her thoughts! Ms. G, it is truly regrettable that you were not aware of the vast following of fans. (I have been one since seeing "One Touch of Venus" and remain as a devoted fan to this moment. I am also a member of your museum in Smithfield, NC. It is a delightful place to visit. I actually held one of your movie scripts while in the quiet room filled with your portraits painted by the Dutch artist.). It is an honor to be an Ava Advocate!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mary Blowers on July 23, 2013
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This is a great movie and one that is featured in "Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid." I am collecting the movies featured in DMDWP so this is a nice addition to my collection. It's fed my interest in old movies.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RANDEL on September 25, 2014
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I figure that if I haven't heard of a film at my age (almost 70), it's probably not a very important film. And I had never heard of THE BRIBE. But...I will watch any film that has Charles Laughton in it. And no, THE BRIBE is not a masterpiece, but it's a thoroughly engaging "noir" with a cast that delivers far more than its fairly labored plot. Ava Gardner was never more ravishing; and to see Charles Laughton trading quips with Vincent price is an irresistibly guilty pleasure. Bottom line: It's no KEY LARGO, but it's almost certainly better than anything currently playing at your local cineplex.
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