Chandler’s Trailers: “Istanbul” (1957)

0000istanbul     Joseph Pevney’s “romantic” “adventure” starring a prematurely haggard Errol Flynn takes little time in revealing its immediate dramatic problems when an early cabaret scene featuring the dynamically engaging Nat King Cole is clearly going to be the highlight of the film. No where else within this cobbled together reconstruction of formula parts from “Casablanca” (it’s actually an unnecessary remake of 1947’s “Singapore”) and lesser intervening imitations, is there an equal sense of emotional fire or performance chemistry. Certainly the intended sparks between suspected jewel smuggler Flynn and the antiseptic studio import Hopeful-of-the-Month Cornell Borchers (who has to win the prize for the all-time worst name for an actress in the short history of cinema) produces nary a damp flint’s spark; an unsurprising result as Flynn eyes seem to light up only on those occasions when he is picking up a drink, while Borchers seems to be an unfortunate amalgam of a low-grade imitation of Ingrid Bergman combined with the chilled sexlessness of Julie Andrews.
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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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1 Response to Chandler’s Trailers: “Istanbul” (1957)

  1. beetleypete says:

    A very accurate appraisal of a best-forgotten film. I sometimes wonder why you bother with these Chandler, but I am glad that you do!
    Best wishes from England, Pete.

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