Istanbul (film)

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Istanbul
Istanbul - Poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Joseph Pevney
Produced by Albert J. Cohen
Written by Barbara Gray
Richard Alan Simmons
Screenplay by Seton I. Miller
Story by Seton I. Miller
Starring Errol Flynn
Cornell Borchers
John Bentley
Music by Irving Gertz
Heinz Roemheld
Cinematography William H. Daniels
Edited by Sherman Todd
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release dates
  • January 23, 1957 (1957-01-23) (United States)
Running time 84 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office 943,679 admissions (France)[1]

Istanbul is a 1957 American adventure-drama film directed by Joseph Pevney and starring Errol Flynn, Cornell Borchers and John Bentley. It is a remake of the film Singapore with the location of the action moved to Turkey.

Plot[edit]

An American becomes mixed up with various criminal activities in Istanbul.[2]

Cast[edit]

Production notes[edit]

  • Errol Flynn was paid a reported ₤150,000 for the film.[3] It was the first movie he had made in Hollywood for a number of years, since Against All Flags (1952).[4] Cornell Borchers was already attached to the film when Flynn signed on.[5]
  • Flynn signed his contract on 16 February 1956 and filming began the following week.[6]
  • Flynn took a flat salary instead of a percentage.[7] All the money Flynn earned went to the payment of his debts.[8][9]
  • Universal considered Jeff Chandler to play "Jim Brennan" and Robert Middleton to play "Mr. Darius."
  • It was the second of two films Borchers made for Universal.[10] Universal were very big on hiring stars with international reputations at the time.[11]
  • Some scenes were shot on location in Istanbul, Turkey
  • Peggy Knudsen's last movie.

Release[edit]

  • Kim Inc., which had the rights for a 1954 film called Istanbul starring Virginia Bruce, brought a suit against Universal claiming $450,000 in damages and an injunction stopping use of the name Istanbul. This was dismissed.[12]
  • Released on VHS home video (1996); Released on DVD with "Singapore" as a 2-film set, but currently unavailable.

References[edit]

  1. ^ 1957 French box office at Box Office Story
  2. ^ Istanbul, British Film Institute (BFI)
  3. ^ "Star Dust.". Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 28 April 1956. p. 11. Retrieved 17 May 2012. 
  4. ^ Errol Claims He's Now in Like Flynn With Creditors Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 04 Mar 1956: E2.
  5. ^ WIDMARK TO STAR AS INDEPENDENT: Will Make 2 Films for Heath Productions That United Artists Will Distribute Jerry Waid's Plans Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 08 Feb 1956: 39.
  6. ^ METRO WILL FILM 'SILK STOCKINGS': Studio Assigns Musical Hit to Arthur Freed, Who Is Studying Show Here Flynn and U.-I. Resume Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 16 Feb 1956: 25.
  7. ^ Errol's a Family Man Now: Errol Flynn Settling Down to New Role as Family Man Hopper, Hedda. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 May 1956: E1.
  8. ^ now it's family man FLYNN! Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 27 May 1956: h28.
  9. ^ Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer & Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 208
  10. ^ Cornell Borchers, WORLD WIDE STAR: Popular German Actress Has Movie Making Contracts on Three Continents Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 17 June 1956: g26.
  11. ^ A Town Called Hollywood: Singer Eddie Fisher Still Doesn't Think He's an Actor Scheuer, Philip K. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 19 Aug 1956: E2.
  12. ^ FILM PARTNERSHIP FORMED AT M-G-M: Producers Weingarten and Berman to Make Movies Independently for Studio Move Comes Late Of Local Origin By THOMAS M. PRYOR Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 26 Feb 1957: 26.

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