Wednesday, August 8, 2012

The Money Trap (1965).

The Money Trap (1965). Film Noir. Cast: Glenn Ford, Elke Sommer and Rita Hayworth. Directed by Burt Kennedy.

When a burglar is reported shot and killed at the home of a doctor and during the investigation, Cop Joe Baron, gets to know the dead burglar's alcoholic wife, Rosalie and they begin a romantic affair.

It is not long before Baron, learns that the doctor, Horace Van Tilden, is the head of an illegal drug ring. He and his partner, Pete Delanos, conspire to rob Van Tilden's safe. The doctor, meantime, worried about Rosalie ratting him out, pushes her to her death.

While stealing a million dollars and two bags of heroin from the safe, the cops are surprised by Van Tilden and Delanos is shot. Baron, wants to make a deal with the doctor, if he will get help for seriously wounded Delanos.

But..after his partner dies, Baron kills the doctor. Wounded himself, he makes it home to Lisa, he knows that  his fellow officers are on their way to put him behind bars.

Rita Hayworth
In this film Rita Hayworth, gives a wonderful performance as the widow of the dead burglar. She looks a little beat up as her character should, but.. she's still a beautiful woman with true chemistry with Ford. This is a must see movie for all Rita Hayworth fans.


Elke Sommers

Argentina Brunetti (August 31, 1907 – December 20, 2005) was an actress and writer. Brunetti, began her show business career at the age of three with a walk on role in the opera, Cavalleria Rusticana and followed Mimi Aguglia, her famous mother's footsteps in the theater performing supporting roles on stages throughout Europe and South America.

 In 1937, she was placed under contract to MGM pictures and began dubbing the voices of Jeanette MacDonald and Norma Shearer in Italian. Next she became a narrator for the Voice of America, interviewing American movie stars for broadcast in Italy. At the same time she had her movie debut in the classic, It's a Wonderful Life (1946), as Mrs. Martini.

Throughout her career she has also written and performed in daily radio shows, became a member of the 'Hollywood Foreign Press Association', writing articles on Hollywood personalities, authored books, written music and acted in over 57 television programs and 68 movies in which she mainly played multi-ethnic roles.

She hosted a weekly weblog on the Internet, called Argentina Brunetti's Hollywood Stories, which her son plans to continue running, and has written a biographical novel called In Sicilian Company. She continued to act well into her 90s, most notably as a relative from the Old World who visits and stays with the Barone family on Everybody Loves Raymond.

She moved to Rome in 2004 to be with her family. She died there from natural causes on December 20, 2005, at the age of 98.


  1. Dawn I watched this film and a couple of observations. This is a dark filma nd I was shocked that this was the same director that directed the James Garner Support Your Local Sheriff/ Gunfighter films . Glenn and Rita grew up together and were lovers long before he married. And Man did they go hard on Rita's makeup those eye lashes could stop bricks.

    I loved the fact that Burt used a mix of real So Cal locations and the MGM back lot. The house that Glenn & Elke lived in was a real house on PV Drive in what was then the Torrance Cliffs area just before Redondo Beach. I've driven by that house many many times.

  2. Paul2, Thank you so much for the fun facts. This was the first time I had seen the movie, "Money Trap". If it were to come on TCM again, I would watch it.


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