The Singer Not the Song

  • U
  • Roy Ward Baker (1960)
  • UK
  • 132 min
Film Review
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2 out of 5

With Dirk Bogarde strutting around a small Mexican town in the tightest black leather trousers the censors would allow and John Mills spouting Catholic dogma in an abominable Irish accent, this has all the makings of a cult classic. Sadly, the story, penned by Nigel Balchin from a long-forgotten novel by Audrey Erskine Lindop, is so dull that your mind is soon numbed to the actorly excesses of the stars. Director Roy Ward Baker doesn't help matters with his leaden pacing and over-deliberate staging. French actress Mylène Demongeot looks lost and far from home at the centre of this scene-stealing tug-of-war.

Plot Summary

Western starring Dirk Bogarde and John Mills. A tiny Mexican town is terrorised by murderous bandit Anacleto, with only a newly arrived priest willing to defy him. However, Anacleto uses a young woman who has fallen in love with the priest as a pawn in his deadly game.

Cast and crew

Cast

Anacleto
Dirk Bogarde
Father Keogh
John Mills
Locha
Mylène Demongeot
Old uncle
Laurence Naismith
Chief of police
John Bentley
Father Gomez
Leslie French
Presidente
Eric Pohlmann
Vito
Nyall Florenz
De Cortinez
Roger Delgado
Phil Brown
Philip Gilbert
Chela
Selma Vaz Dias
Pablo
Laurence Payne
Dona Marian
Jacqueline Evans
Pepe
Lee Montague
Jasefa
Serafina Di Leo

Crew

Director
Roy Ward Baker

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Categories
Drama

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