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The Singer Not the Song

  • Drama
  • Western
  • 1960
  • Roy Ward Baker
  • 127 mins
  • PG

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.

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Review

A star rating of 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.

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Credits

Cast

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AnacletoDirk Bogarde
Father KeoghJohn Mills
LochaMylène Demongeot
Old uncleLaurence Naismith
Chief of policeJohn Bentley
Father GomezLeslie French
PresidenteEric Pohlmann
VitoNyall Florenz
De CortinezRoger Delgado
Phil BrownPhilip Gilbert
ChelaSelma Vaz Dias
PabloLaurence Payne
Dona MarianJacqueline Evans
PepeLee Montague
JasefaSerafina Di Leo

Crew

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DirectorRoy Ward Baker

Details

Theatrical distributor
Rank Film Dists Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Colour
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