Crisis (1950 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by Richard Brooks
Produced by Arthur Freed
Written by George Tabori (story)
Richard Brooks
Starring Cary Grant
José Ferrer
Paula Raymond
Music by Miklós Rózsa
Distributed by MGM (1950)
Warner Bros.(2009, DVD)
Release dates
  • July 7, 1950 (1950-07-07)
Running time 95 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $1,581,000[1]
Box office $1,403,000[1]

Crisis is a 1950 drama film starring Cary Grant and José Ferrer, directed by Richard Brooks (making his directorial debut). The story of an American couple who inadvertently become embroiled in a revolution, it was based on the short story "The Doubters" by George Tabori.


Dr. Eugene Ferguson (Cary Grant), a renowned American brain surgeon, and his wife Helen (Paula Raymond) are vacationing in Latin America when a revolution breaks out. They are taken against their will to the country's dictator, Raoul Farrago (José Ferrer), who urgently needs a life-saving operation.

Over the next few days, while Ferguson trains assistants for the delicate operation, he witnesses various acts of brutality by the regime, especially by Colonel Adragon (Ramón Novarro), but his Hippocratic Oath compels him to do his best.

Roland Gonzales (Gilbert Roland), the rebel leader, kidnaps Helen to pressure her husband into making a fatal surgical "mistake." His message to Ferguson is intercepted by Isabel Farrago (Signe Hasso), the patient's wife, and the operation is a success. Fortunately for the doctor, Helen is released unharmed when Farrago dies soon afterwards and his government is overthrown.



According to MGM records the film earned $891,000 domestically and $512,000 foreign, resulting in a loss to the studio of $723,000.[1]


  1. ^ a b c The Eddie Mannix Ledger, Los Angeles: Margaret Herrick Library, Center for Motion Picture Study .

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