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Thursday, August 6, 2015

The Treasure Of Monte Cristo (1961)

An ex-Army officer (Rory Calhoun) in His Majesty's service becomes embroiled in intrigue when he agrees to escort a Colonel (Ian Hunter) and his daughter (Patricia Bredin) on a quest for the hidden treasure of Monte Cristo. But there are three other partners in the treasure hunt and not all of them are to be trusted. This unpretentious adventure film never pretends to be more than it is, a "B" level swashbuckler. As such, it's amiable fun. While it may be a "B" movie, it has the look of an "A" film principally because of the film's production design, costumes and location shooting (shot in Dyaliscope). Calhoun makes no attempt to hide his American origins although he's playing a British solider of fortune but the rest of the cast fit right in. It's not the kind of film that requires much in the way of acting but John Gregson as an island bandit and the beautiful Gianna Maria Canale as a femme fatale stand apart from the rest of the cast. Directed by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman. With Peter Arne and Sam Kydd and Francis Matthews.

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