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The Power and the Prize (1956)

Approved | | Drama | 1957 (Argentina)
An American business executive plans to marry an Austrian refugee in London but he encounters disapproval and opposition from his American social and business circles.

Director:

Henry Koster

Writers:

Robert Ardrey (screen play), Howard Swigett (book) (as Howard Swiggett)
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Cliff Barton
Elisabeth Müller ... Miriam Linka (as Elisabeth Mueller)
Burl Ives ... George Salt
Charles Coburn ... Guy Eliot
Cedric Hardwicke ... Mr. Carew (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
Mary Astor ... Mrs. George Salt
Niki Dantine ... Joan Salt (as Nicola Michaels)
Cameron Prud'Homme ... Reverend John Barton (as Cameron Prud'homme)
Richard Erdman ... Lester Everett
Ben Wright ... Mr. Chutwell
Jack Raine ... Mr. Pitt-Semphill
Thomas Browne Henry Thomas Browne Henry ... Paul F. Farragut
Richard Deacon ... Howard Carruthers
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Storyline

Cliff Barton, an American business executive working in England, wants to marry European refugee Miriam Linka, but he is warned by his boss that such things just aren't done. Cliff digs in his heels and eventually finds support from his less hidebound fellow executives.

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A PICTURE THAT BRINGS BACK GREAT ACTING BY GREAT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | German

Release Date:

1957 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Macht und ihr Preis See more »

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Budget:

$1,455,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (Western Electric Sound System)| Mono (Perspecta Sound®)| Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.55:1
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Trivia

The aircraft depicted as bringing Mr. Carew and others from London to the U.S. is a 1950 Boeing 377 Stratocruiser, registration N90948, named "Clipper Mandarin". It was removed from service in 1960 and sold to the Israeli Air Force in 1962. It has since been preserved at the Israeli Air Force Museum. See more »

Goofs

When Mrs. Salt meets with Mrs. Linka in the latter's hotel room in New York, the movements of Mrs. Salt's mouth do not match the words she is speaking in one short segment of their dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Lester Everett: I never knew a woman before who could work a slide-rule.
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just okay
23 January 2007 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Robert Taylor has to evaluate "The Power and the Prize," a 1956 film also starring Elisabeth Mueller, Burl Ives, Mary Astor and Sir Cedric Hardwicke. Taylor plays Cliff Barton, second in command to George Salt (Burl Ives) - he's also engaged to marry Salt's niece. Assigned to close a difficult deal in England, Cliff is unhappy about his boss' instructions, but tries to carry them out anyway. Salt wants him to withhold part of their demands until the very end of the negotiation. He warns Salt that doing things his way will blow this important deal, but Salt insists.

While in London and checking on a charity for Mrs. Salt, Cliff meets a German refugee, Miriam Linka (Mueller). They fall in love, and Cliff wants to marry her. Meanwhile, sure enough, the deal is blown, and Salt blames Cliff. Complicating things is Cliff's cancellation of the wedding (though his bride-to-be is just as happy about it as he is) and some nasty rumors that have been circulated about Miriam. Back at the office, it appears there is going to be a power struggle.

This is a grand MGM drama about conscience and following what you know to be honest and right versus just "following orders." There are some good moments, but all in all, it's pretty routine. The character of Miriam seems off the wall, lecturing Cliff as soon as he walks into her agency. Mueller in fact gives a very hyperactive performance which isn't a good match with Taylor's deliberate, steady portrayal. For me, the best acting comes from Charles Coburn as one of the officers in Salt's company and Mary Astor as Salt's wife. Sir Cedric Hardwicke, who has such a magnificent speaking voice, is excellent but alas, it's neither a big role nor a showy one.

Certainly not a bad movie but all of these actors have appeared in better.


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