A Prize of Gold

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A Prize of Gold
Theatrical poster
Directed by Mark Robson
Max Catto (novel)
Produced by Irving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
Phil C. Samuel
Written by Robert Buckner
John Paxton
Starring Richard Widmark
Mai Zetterling
Nigel Patrick
George Cole
Music by Malcolm Arnold
Cinematography Ted Moore
Edited by William Lewthwaite
Distributed by Columbia Studios
Release dates October 14, 1955
Running time 100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

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.


Master Sergeant Joe Lawrence (Widmark) is stationed in Berlin shortly after the end of World War II where he falls in love with Maria (Mai Zetterling), a refugee.

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.


Joan Regan sings the title song.


Filming took place at Shepperton Studios.[1]


  1. ^ "These Are the Facts", Kinematograph Weekly, 31 May 1956 p 14

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