A Prize of Gold

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A Prize of Gold
Theatrical poster
Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by Phil C. Samuel
Irving Allen
Albert R. Broccoli
Written by Robert Buckner
John Paxton
Based on A Prize of Gold
1953 novel
by Max Catto
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 date
  • 14 October 1955 (1955-10-14)
Running time
100 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Budget $1 million (est)[1]

A Prize of Gold is a 1955 British Warwick Films Technicolor 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 (Richard 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.[2]


Joan Regan sings the title song.


Warwick bought film rights to the novel in April 1953 and originally announced they wanted Montgomery Clift for the lead. R.C. Sheriff was assigned the screenplay and Mark Robson, who had just made Hell Below Zero for Warwick, was to direct.[3] Alan Ladd had made three films for Warwick and he was in discussions to play the lead as well.

The movie was part of a new three-picture deal Warwick signed with Columbia (the others being The Cockleshell Heroes and Safari.)[4] John Paxton was brought in to rewrite Sheriff's script. In early 1954 Richard Widmark signed to star opposite Nigel Patrick.[5]

Filming began in July 1954 and took place at Shepperton Studios and on location in Germany.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Scheur, Philip (13 June 1954). "A Town Called Hollywood". Los Angeles Times. 
  2. ^ http://www.allmovie.com/movie/a-prize-of-gold-v106767
  3. ^ Pryor, Thomas (22 April 1953). ""WARWICK TO FILM 'THE PRIZE OF GOLD'.". New York Times. New York. 
  4. ^ "Producers Set Film Deal with Columbia". Los Angeles Times. Los Angeles. 29 Dec 1953. 
  5. ^ Schallert, Edwin (6 April 1954). "Noted Britisher Stars With Widmark". Los Angeles Times. 
  6. ^ "These Are the Facts", Kinematograph Weekly, 31 May 1956 p 14

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