The Singer Not the Song

The Singer Not the Song

Roy Ward Baker (1960)

U Certificate


Our Score
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.


A ruthless bandit dominates a remote Mexican village, and has forbidden any of the residents from practising religion. An idealistic priest arrives in town and sets up a church, and the bandit responds by killing the congregation to bully the cleric into abandoning his calling. Western, starring Dirk Bogarde, John Mills and Mylene Demongeot.

Cast & Crew

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
Director Roy Ward Baker
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Rank Film Dists LtdAvailable on: DVD