Treasure Hunt On Location in The Golden Salamander (1950)
Archeologist Trevor Howard is as reluctant to
meddle in North African smuggle-racket as was Humphrey Bogart in actioners made
closer to home, The Golden Salamander departing from these for location its UK
team hoped would lure a wider market. Variety thought it "too slow"
to compete in a "sophisticated, competitive" US market, and maybe
they had a point, for there was surfeit of similar yarns being done over here,
most quicker-paced than this import distributed by Eagle-Lion Classics. Trevor
Howard had momentum of Brief Encounter and lately The Third Man, the latter a
mainstream hit, but he wasn't actionful by nature and less a right romantic
partner for teenage Anouk Aimee in her first English-spoken part. Howard's role
anticipates Alan Ladd in Boy On A Dolphin, the latter an all-but uncredited
remake. Done before Brits began playing rougher with balled-fist subjects,
Salamander is too much mannerly for a topic of murder and gun running, so
domestic indifference was understandable, but how many of our melodramas
travelled so far to tell such a familiar story?