Interpol (1957 film)
Original US film poster
|Directed by||John Gilling|
|Produced by||Albert R. Broccoli
|Written by||John Paton|
by A.J. Forrest
|Music by||Richard Rodney Bennett|
|Edited by||Richard Best|
|Distributed by||Columbia Pictures|
|2 April 1957|
Interpol known in the USA as Pickup Alley is a 1957 British Warwick Films crime film shot in CinemaScope starring Victor Mature, Anita Ekberg, Trevor Howard, Bonar Colleano and Sid James. It concerns an Interpol effort to stamp out a major drug-smuggling cartel in numerous countries around the world. Victor Mature plays a US narcotics officer, with Trevor Howard as a drug baron. One reviewer described the film as a "feeble thriller", although it praised the performance of Howard. In the United States it was released as a double feature with The Brothers Rico.
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Charles Sturgis (Victor Mature) is an FBI agent on the trail of a drug smuggling operation, following his quarry all over the Continent. The criminal mastermind Frank McNally (Trevor Howard) is something of a lunatic, who has already strangled Mature's sister to death just for the hell of it. Gina Broger (Anita Ekberg) is Frank's luscious courier.
- Victor Mature as Charles Sturgis
- Anita Ekberg as Gina Broger
- Trevor Howard as Frank McNally
- Bonar Colleano as Amalio
- Dorothy Alison as Helen
- André Morell as Commissioner Breckner
- Martin Benson as Captain Varolli
- Eric Pohlmann as Etienne Fayala
- Peter Illing as Captain Baris
- Sydney Tafler as Curtis
- Lionel Murton as Murphy
- Danny Green as Second Bartender
- Alec Mango as Salko
- Sid James as Joe as First Bartender
- Marne Maitland as Guido Martinelli
- Harold Kasket as Kalish
The film was made by Warwick Productions, who had previously shot Zarak. starring Victor Mature and Anita Ekberg. Michael Wilding was originally announced for the role later played by Trevor Howard.
The story was based on the files of the International Criminal Police Commission. Shooting took place in New York, Paris, Rome, Madrid, London and Athens starting 15 August 1956.
- Radio Times. Guide to Films (2004). p.708
- Drama: 'Interpol' on Schedule for Wilding; Richards Booming; Elliott Sleuth Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 24 Mar 1956: 13.
- GREGORY TO FILM NOVEL BY KANTOR: Producer Will Make 'On My Honor' From 'God and My Country' for R.K.O. Warwick Signs Two Of Local Origin By OSCAR GODBOUT Special to The New York Times.. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 23 June 1956: 15.
- Interpol at the Internet Movie Database
- Interpol at AllMovie
- Interpol at the TCM Movie Database
- Pickup Alley at the American Film Institute Catalog
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