Release dateJuly 29, 1952 (1952-07-29) (United States) WriterOscar Saul (screen play), James Gunn (screen play), Virginia Van Upp (story), Berne Giler (story) CastRita Hayworth (Chris Emery), Glenn Ford (Steve Emery), Alexander Scourby (Max Fabian), Valerie Bettis (Veronica Huebling), Torin Thatcher (Inspector Smythe), Howard Wendell (Anderson) Similar moviesSouthland Tales, Gilda, Lady on a Train, Pal Joey, And Now for Something Completely Different, Duck Soup
Tagline"You weren't the first... and you won't be the last!"
Affair in Trinidad is a 1952 film noir produced by Hayworth's Beckworth Corporation, released by Columbia Pictures, and starring Rita Hayworth and Glenn Ford. It is notable as Hayworth's "comeback" film after four years away from Columbia, as a re-teaming of the Gilda (1946) co-stars, and for a fiery opening number danced barefoot by Hayworth to calypso music. Hayworth's singing voice is dubbed by Jo Ann Greer, who later also sang for her in Miss Sadie Thompson and Pal Joey. The film's gross take at the box office exceeded Gilda's by one million dollars.
The film is set in Trinidad while it was still a British colony. Chris Emery (Rita Hayworth) works as a nightclub singer and dancer. One night after her performance she receives news from Inspector Smythe (Torin Thatcher) and Anderson (Howard Wendell), a member of the American consulate, that her husband Neil was found dead. She is comforted by Neil's friend Max Fabian (Alexander Scourby).
Initially, the police conclude that Neil committed suicide based on his gunshot wound and due to a pistol at the crime scene. On further investigation they discover that Neil was in fact murdered. Inspector Smythe and Anderson take Chris into confidence and inform her that Neil's boat was seen outside Fabian's property at the time of his murder. Chris learns that Fabian is in fact a crook who has built his fortune by trading information and aiding in treason and that Neil could have been murdered due to his involvement in Fabian's latest project. Chris agrees to exploit Fabian's love for her to gather information for the police.
Meanwhile, Neil's brother Steve Emery (Glenn Ford) arrives in Trinidad at the request of his brother who had written to him about a prospective job. He is shocked to learn that his brother committed suicide shortly after writing to him and sets out to investigate matters on his own. After the inquest Chris and Steve spend some time together. Though she starts falling in love with Steve, Chris is unable to reveal to him her motive behind getting friendly with Fabian.
As Chris inches closer to discovering the truth about Fabian, Steve gathers proof of Fabian's involvement in Neil's death. This leads to a showdown in the climax.
Rita Hayworth as Chris Emery
Glenn Ford as Steve Emery
Alexander Scourby as Max Fabian
Valerie Bettis as Veronica Huebling
Torin Thatcher as Inspector Smythe
Howard Wendell as Anderson
Karel Stepanek as Walters
George Voskovec as Doctor Franz Huebling
Steven Geray as Wittol
Walter Kohler as Peter Bronec
Juanita Moore as Dominique
Mort Mills as Martin, Wittol's Henchman
Ralph Moody as Coroner
The film earned an estimated $2.7 million at the North American box office in 1952.
I've Been Kissed Before - written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell; performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer).
Trinidad Lady - written by Lester Lee and Bob Russell; performed by Rita Hayworth (dubbed by Jo Ann Greer).