Affair in Trinidad (1952)

Not Rated   |    |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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Nightclub singer and her brother-in-law try to find her husband's killer.



  • Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Affair in Trinidad (1952)
  • Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Affair in Trinidad (1952)
  • Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford in Affair in Trinidad (1952)
  • Rita Hayworth and Vincent Sherman in Affair in Trinidad (1952)
  • Alexander Scourby in Affair in Trinidad (1952)
  • Rita Hayworth in Affair in Trinidad (1952)

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30 May 2008 | blanche-2
| Gilda meets Notorious
Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford re-team for "Affair in Trinidad," a 1952 film also starring Alexander Scourby, Juanita Moore and Valerie Bettis. Hayworth plays Chris Emery, a nightclub performer whose husband Neil dies by apparent suicide that turns out to be murder. His brother Steve (Ford) shows up on the day of the inquest, having received a letter from Neil on the day he died. He assumes the worst about his widowed sister-in-law and her relationship with a wealthy man, Max Fabian (Scourby).

Either I dosed off or the actual mystery was never fully explained. It was explained sort of, but I was never clear what Rita, her husband, or the people in Max's house had to do with it. The story, as the subject line indicates, is a gemisch of "Gilda" and "Notorious" and not as good as either one. Interestingly, the plot predates the Cuban missile crisis by 10 years. Totally amazing. For that alone, it's worth seeing.

Except for Ava Gardner, probably no actress defined the word "hot" like Rita Hayworth. For a woman who was painfully shy and didn't even want to be in show business, she sure could turn it on. And turn it on she does in two musical numbers, "I've Been Kissed Before" and "Trinidad Lady." She wears some gorgeous gowns, too. Glenn Ford and Rita make a wonderful team, certainly one of Hollywood's sexiest film love matches. Juanita Moore is excellent as the all-knowing maid, Dominique, and Alexander Scourby is an elegant villain.

"Affair in Trinidad" is well directed by Vincent Sherman with a nice, dark atmosphere, and one really believes it's Trinidad. Watching Rita Hayworth is never a waste of time; this isn't the greatest movie ever made, but Rita creates a few sparks.

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