Malaga (1960 film)
Moment of Danger
|Directed by||László Benedek|
|Written by||Donald Mackenzie (novel)
David D. Osborn (screenplay)
|26 January 1960 (London)
February 21, 1962 (United States)
Malaga (also known in foreign countries as: Moment of Danger) is a 1960 crime drama film starring Trevor Howard, Dorothy Dandridge, and Edmund Purdom. It was filmed in Europe in the late months of 1959 under the original title, Moment of Danger, but when filming was completed the title was changed to Malaga, for reasons unknown. The film's low-budget-ness delayed its American release for nearly two years.
In the movie Dorothy Dandridge was cast as a woman of color of European descent with the Italian name of Gianna. In some pre-release publicity, one magazine article made a point of saying that when Trevor Howard's character kissed Dorothy, it was the first time she had received an on-screen kiss from a white man in her career. There was no screen kiss between the two actors in this film. What the magazine described had in fact occurred when starring with German actor Curd Jürgens in the 1958 Italian production of Tamango.
Starting with a wordless jewel heist pulled-off by thief Peter Curran and locksmith John Bain, Curran then double-crosses his accomplice, dumps his lover Gianna and escapes with his ill-gotten gains. In the aftermath Gianna teams up with Bain and the two of them decide to even the score with Curran, developing feelings for each other along the way.
Before the movie's release, Jet magazine said the movie "concerns a girl (Dorothy Dandridge) and a man (Trevor Howard) who, broke and stranded, are on the run from the law...(at one point) the girl goes out and gets money as a prostitute." One author describes Michael Hordern's appearance in the movie as a "sympathetic copper who knows that Trevor Howard is a jewel thief - thanks to Howard's double-crossing partner Edmond Purdom - but lacks the evidence to make an arrest."
- Trevor Howard as John Bain
- Dorothy Dandridge as Gianna
- Edmund Purdom as Peter Carran
- Michael Hordern as Inspector Farrell
- Paul Stassino as Juan Montoya
- John Bailey as Cecil
- Alfred Burke as Shapley
- Peter Illing as Pawnbroker
- Martin Boddey as Sir John Middleburgh
- Charlene B. Regester (2010). African American Actresses: The Struggle for Visibility, 1900-1960. Indiana University Press. p. 305. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Regester, page 318
- "Dandridge Makes Toughest Movie of Her Career". JET (Johnsons Publishing Company) 16 (13): 60–61. July 23, 1959. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- "Moment of Danger". Retrieved February 8, 2011.
- Terence Pettigrew (1982). British film character actors: great names and memorable moments, Volume 1982, Part 2. Rowman & Littlefield. p. 93. Retrieved February 8, 2011.