Desperate Moment (1953)

  |  Crime, Drama, Thriller


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Simon Van Halder (Sir Dirk Bogarde) is accused of murdering a British soldier during post-World War II mayhem. His girlfriend works on his behalf to expose the true villain.


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  • Dirk Bogarde in Desperate Moment (1953)
  • Dirk Bogarde and Mai Zetterling in Desperate Moment (1953)
  • Dirk Bogarde in Desperate Moment (1953)
  • Dirk Bogarde and Mai Zetterling in Desperate Moment (1953)
  • Mai Zetterling in Desperate Moment (1953)
  • Dirk Bogarde in Desperate Moment (1953)

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Director:

Compton Bennett

Writers:

Martha Albrand (novel), George H. Brown (screenplay), Patrick Kirwan (screenplay)

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15 April 2019 | boblipton
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| Romantic Bogarde Is On The Run Again
Dirk Bogarde is Dutch in this one. Soon after the War ends, he and some acquaintances try to steal some penicillin for their own use. A guard is killed, Bogarde is captured and on being told that his girlfriend, Mai Zetterling is dead, is persuaded to take the blame for the death. When Miss Zetterling shows up, he realizes he's been fooled, but he needs a confession from one of them, so he escapes and, with the lady's help, winds up in the ruins of Berlin, trying to prove his evidence.

It's always quite watchable, but it's pretty much of a programmer for Bogarde, playing on his romantic image of the moment, always dressed in a sailor's cap, which somehow reappears despite his losing it on several occasions. It seems directed more for efficiency than panache, and cinematographer C.M. Pennington-Richards makes some very obvious choices to block out shots -- there's one in a nightclub later in the movie where he uses some bamboo columns for the purpose.

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Genres

Crime | Drama | Thriller | War

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Release Date:

1 August 1953

Language

English


Country of Origin

UK

Filming Locations

Berlin, Germany

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