South of Suez (1940)

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Greedy diamond mine owner Eli Snedeker, resentful that his ex-foreman John Gamble stopped him from taking over kindly, but drunken, mine owner Roger Smythe's mine just as he was about to ... See full summary »


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29 June 2020 | boblipton
| Glossy Studio Fare
George Brent is helping Miles Mander mine diamonds and ease off the bottle, so he can return to England and his daughter, Brenda Marshall. But George Tobias finds out where Mander hides his diamonds, and kills him; Brent is already on his way to cash out for both of them, so Tobias claims Brent killed his friend and stole the gems he had already sold to Tobias.

There's a second act which involves Eric Blore, but it's all rather silly and horsey. Visually, the movie peaks during Brent's escape from the pursuing colonials. It's a thoroughgoing programmer from Warner Brothers, and Brent isn't the man to bring it off; it had originally be offered to George Raft, but he turned it down, giving yet another actor a chance to make good. Raft's judgment about these things wasn't particularly good, but surely doing a few programmers would have kept him on the Warners' good side, less anxious to kick him out when Bogie made good. Brent may have been no star, but he keeps things going, and the studio gloss does the rest.

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