The Singer Not the Song
|The Singer Not the Song|
|Directed by||Roy Ward Baker|
|Produced by||Roy Ward Baker|
|Screenplay by||Nigel Balchin|
|Based on||The Singer Not the Song|
by Audrey Erskine-Lindop
|Music by||Philip Green|
|Edited by||Roger Cherrill|
|Distributed by||Rank Film Distributors (UK)|
Warner Bros. (US)
The Singer Not the Song is a 1961 British drama film based on the 1953 novel by Audrey Erskine-Lindop that was directed by Roy Ward Baker and filmed in Spain. It stars Dirk Bogarde, John Mills, and Mylène Demongeot.
A priest, Father Michael Keogh (John Mills), is sent by Rome to Quantana, a remote Mexican town which is under the control of a ruthless bandit, Anacleto Komachi (Dirk Bogarde). Anacleto is educated and intelligent, and is "down" on the Church, but he finds in Keogh a man he strangely admires and with whom he can have intelligent conversation. However, he does not allow this to distract him from his goal: to expunge the priest from his fiefdom at any cost.
- Dirk Bogarde as Anacleto Comachi
- John Mills as Father Michael Keogh
- Mylène Demongeot as Locha de Cortinez
- Laurence Naismith as Old Uncle
- John Bentley as Police Captain
- Leslie French as Father Gomez
- Eric Pohlmann as Presidente
- Nyall Florenz as Vito
- Roger Delgado as Pedro de Cortinez
- Philip Gilbert as Phil Brown
- Selma Vaz Dias as Chela
- Laurence Payne as Pablo
Richard Burton was going to star in the film at one stage.
When the Rank Organisation insisted that John Mills play the priest, Dirk Bogarde became so incensed that he told director Roy Ward Baker, "I promise you, if Johnny plays the priest I will make life unbearable for everyone concerned". The film failed at the box office, but has since developed a cult following due to its camp homosexual context and over the top performance by the black clad leather pants worn by Bogarde.
- Leo Genn Purchases Old Mexico Story; Rex Reason's Name Restored Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 4 Sep 1954: 11.
- Frank Miller. 'The Singer not the Song', Turner Classic Movies accessed 8 August 2012
- "Burton Will Star in French Movie: Teamed With Mile. Moreau in 'Moderate Cantabile' -- Busy on Screen, Stage, TV". New York Times. 20 January 1960. p. 25.
- Roy Ward Baker Obituary at Daily Telegraph