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|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|
|Music by||Irving Gertz
|Cinematography||William H. Daniels|
|Edited by||Sherman Todd|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||84 minutes|
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.
- Errol Flynn as James Brennan
- Cornell Borchers as Stephanie Bauer / Karen Fielding
- John Bentley as Inspector Nural
- Torin Thatcher as Douglas Fielding
- Leif Erickson as Charlie Boyle
- Peggy Knudsen as Marge Boyle
- Martin Benson as Mr. Darius
- Nat 'King' Cole as Danny Rice
- Werner Klemperer as Paul Renkov
- Vladimir Sokoloff as Aziz Rakim
- Jan Arvan as Kazim
- Nico Minardos as Ali
- Ted Hecht as Lt. Sarac
- David Bond as Dr. Sarica
- Roland Varno as Mr. Florian
- Michael Raffetto as Priest
- Errol Flynn was paid a reported ₤150,000 for the film. It was the first movie he had made in Hollywood for a number of years, since Against All Flags (1952). Cornell Borchers was already attached to the film when Flynn signed on.
- Flynn signed his contract on 16 February 1956 and filming began the following week.
- Flynn took a flat salary instead of a percentage. All the money Flynn earned went to the payment of his debts.
- 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. Universal were very big on hiring stars with international reputations at the time.
- Some scenes were shot on location in Istanbul, Turkey
- Peggy Knudsen's last movie.
- 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.
- Released on VHS home video (1996); Released on DVD with "Singapore" as a 2-film set, but currently unavailable.
- Istanbul, British Film Institute (BFI)
- "Star Dust.". Mirror (Perth, WA : 1921 - 1956) (Perth, WA: National Library of Australia). 28 April 1956. p. 11. Retrieved 17 May 2012.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- now it's family man FLYNN! Hopper, Hedda. Chicago Daily Tribune (1923-1963) [Chicago, Ill] 27 May 1956: h28.
- Tony Thomas, Rudy Behlmer & Clifford McCarty, The Films of Errol Flynn, Citadel Press, 1969 p 208
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.