Malaga (1954)

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    • Malaga (1954)

      aka Fire Over Africa


      Information from IMDb

      Plot Summary
      Joanna Dane (Maureen O'Hara), a former O.S.S. operator (forerunner of the CIA),
      is sent to Tangier by the American authorities to find out who is behind
      a powerful ring of smugglers that does a booming business in contraband
      with counterparts in Spain and Italy, and also contribute to a high death rate
      among the Tangier policemen. She gets work in a waterfront dive owned
      by "Frisco" (Binnie Barnes) and is soon being courted by Van Logan (Macdonald Carey),
      another American agent but posing as one of the smugglers.
      Most of the action is set in Tangier, with a brief interlude in Spanish Gibraltar,
      and the climax is a gun battle between the Tangier civil police and the smugglers
      on the North African shore of the Mediterranean.
      Written by Les Adams

      Full Cast
      Maureen O'Hara .... Joanna Dana
      Macdonald Carey .... Van Logan
      Binnie Barnes .... Frisco
      Guy Middleton .... Soames Howard
      Hugh McDermott .... Richard Farrell
      James O'Hara .... Danny Boy
      Harry Lane .... Augie
      Leonard Sachs .... Paul Dupont
      Ferdy Mayne .... Mustapha
      Eric Corrie .... Pebbles
      Bruce Beeby .... Potts
      Gérard Tichy .... Cronkhite
      Derek Sydney .... Signor Amato
      Jacques Cey .... Monsieur Ducloir
      Mike Brendall .... Rodrigo
      Meinhart Maur .... Jakie
      Antonio Casas .... Aziz

      Writing Credits
      Robert Westerby

      Christopher Challis

      Memorable Quotes

      Filming Locations
      Málaga, Andalucía, Spain
      Shepperton Studios, Shepperton, Surrey, England, UK
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Malaga (also known in the USA as Fire Over Africa) is a 1954 British film
      starring Maureen O'Hara as a former O.S.S. James Bond type secret agent
      and Macdonald Carey as a smuggler.
      It was directed by Richard Sale on location in Malaga
      and set in the international city of Tangiers.
      Peter Sellers dubbed at least six actors in the cast without credit
      with one account listing fourteen

      Not the greatest of films.
      Maureen's dresses, and lovely scenery,
      makes it at least worth watching,
      but don't expect anything special!!

      User Review

      Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
      Tangiers is yet another one of those exotic locales that connote mystery, romance, and adventure and at the point in time this film was made was under an international administration. Two years later it reverted to Spanish control as part of Spanish Morocco and now it is part of Morocco itself. So the film was dated shortly after it's release.

      With some background footage of Tangiers, Malaga was shot on location with interiors done in London. Maureen O'Hara was top billed in this one in a role that Jane Russell would have normally been cast in. Like Russell, O'Hara spends most of her time busting out of the tight fitting clothing that she has to wear. I'm sure the movie goers of 1954 didn't care about the plot.

      Maureen is an American agent sent to Tangiers to find out who's running a smuggling operation and take it down. Since other agents have been killed no one other than who would now be called her controller knows who she is.

      Maureen's troubles begin when the controller is killed by the bad guys in the first reel. So now she's working blind not knowing who to trust.

      Oh well, the location photography in Malaga looks real nice and Maureen in those tight dresses in technicolor is a treat. Beyond that I can't say too much. Macdonald Carey looks bored, he probably came for the free trip to the Spanish Mediterranean coast. Binnie Barnes has a nice turn as a wisecracking saloonkeeper.

      But there's nothing special here.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

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    • Re: Maureen O' Hara- Malaga (1954)


      When the cameras started to shoot this film in mid-November 1953, Maureen O'Hara was 33 years old, divorced her second husband and had initiated proceedings for custody of her daughter 9 years old. If she had come to shoot this film with little enthusiasm, this work would prove invaluable years later. In 1957, the scandal sheet Confidential published an article stating that Maureen had been caught in a sexual position very daring to Grauman Chinese at a screening of Ben Hur. Maureen continued the newspaper and the trial became a media circus. Maureen was able to prove that on the date mentioned, she was filming in Spain for Fire Over Africa visas and had his passport to prove it. Maureen won his case and the magazine could not survive this vilification ...

      a small video

      Good reading!
      Unconditional's Maureen O'Hara !
      French-English translation: poor !!!

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