A Prize of Gold
|A Prize of Gold|
|Directed by||Mark Robson
Max Catto (novel)
|Produced by||Irving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
Phil C. Samuel
|Written by||Robert Buckner
|Music by||Malcolm Arnold|
|Edited by||William Lewthwaite|
|Distributed by||Columbia Studios|
|Release dates||October 14, 1955|
|Running time||100 minutes|
A Prize of Gold is a British 1955 Warwick Films heist film directed by Mark Robson partly filmed in West Berlin. The film stars Richard Widmark as a United States Air Force Air Police Master Sergeant motivated by love and compassion to begin a life of crime. It was based on the 1953 novel by Max Catto.
Maria is trying to raise enough money to move a group of German orphans to South America, where they can start life anew. Joe wants to help her, and with his buddies British Corps of Military Police Sergeant Roger Morris (George Cole) and ex-RAF pilot Brian Hammell (Nigel Patrick), Joe plans a daring robbery. A fortune in recently discovered gold bullion is being transferred to England from Germany via military transport, and the trio intend to hijack the plane.
While the robbery goes off almost as planned, the three participants begin to have second thoughts about what to do with their ill-gotten gains.
- Richard Widmark as Sergeant Joe Lawrence
- Mai Zetterling as Maria
- Nigel Patrick as Brian Hammell
- George Cole as Sergeant Roger Morris
- Donald Wolfit as Alfie Stratton
- Joseph Tomelty as Uncle Dan Watson
- Andrew Ray as Conrad
- Karel Stepanek as Dr. Zachmann
- Robert Ayres as Tex
- Eric Pohlmann as Fischer
- Olive Sloane as Mavis
- Alan Gifford as Major Bracken
- Ivan Craig as British Major
- Harry Towb as Benny
Joan Regan sings the title song.
Filming took place at Shepperton Studios.
- "These Are the Facts", Kinematograph Weekly, 31 May 1956 p 14