Sneha Girap (Editor)

The Bribe

Updated on
Share on FacebookTweet on TwitterShare on LinkedInShare on Reddit
1 Ratings
Rate This

Rate This

Director  Robert Z. Leonard
Music director  Miklos Rozsa
Language  English
6.8/10 IMDb

Genre  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
Producer  Pandro S. Berman
Country  United States
The Bribe movie poster

Release date  February 3, 1949 (1949-02-03) (United States)
Based on  the short story "The Bribe"  by Frederick Nebel
Writer  Marguerite Roberts (screenplay), Frederick Nebel (short story)
Cast  Robert Taylor (Rigby), Ava Gardner (Elizabeth Hintten), Charles Laughton (J.J. Bealer), Vincent Price (Carwood), John Hodiak (Tugwell 'Tug' Hintten), Samuel S. Hinds (Dr. Warren)
Similar movies  Blackhat, Let's Be Cops, The Night of the Hunter, Straight Outta Compton, Goodfellas, The Big Sleep
Tagline  5 Great Stars in a Daring Drama of Love and Adventure !

The Bribe is a 1949 American crime film noir directed by Robert Z. Leonard and written by Marguerite Roberts, based on a story written by Frederick Nebel. The drama features Robert Taylor, Ava Gardner, Charles Laughton, and Vincent Price.


The Bribe movie scenes

The bribe 1949 fragment


The Bribe movie scenes

Federal agent Rigby (Robert Taylor) travels to Los Trancos on the island of Carlota (somewhere off the coast of Central America) to break up a war-surplus aircraft engine racket and finds himself tempted by corruption, namely Elizabeth Hintten (Ava Gardner), a café singer married to Tug Hintten (John Hodiak), a drunken ex-pilot.

The Bribe movie scenes

Carwood (Vincent Price) is the brains of the outfit, aided and abetted by J.J. Bealer (Charles Laughton) and Hintten.


The Bribe movie scenes

  • Robert Taylor as Rigby
  • Ava Gardner as Elizabeth Hintten
  • Charles Laughton as J.J. Bealer
  • Vincent Price as Carwood
  • John Hodiak as Tugwell 'Tug' Hintten
  • Samuel S. Hinds as Dr. Warren
  • John Hoyt as Gibbs
  • Martin Garralaga as Pablo Gomez
  • Box Office

    According to MGM records the movie earned $1,559,000 in the US and Canada and $951,000 overseas, resulting in a loss to the studio of $322,000.

    Critical reception

    Film critic Bosley Crowther lambasted the drama in his film review, writing, "If you plan to put down your money to see the Capitol's The Bribe, we suggest that you be prepared to write off this extravagance as a folly and nothing more. For The Bribe' is the sort of temptation which Hollywood put in the way of gullible moviegoers about twenty years ago. It's a piece of pure romantic fiction, as lurid as it is absurd. And if it didn't have several big 'names' in it, it would be low-man on a 'grind house' triple-bill...The only hint which the director, Robert Z. Leonard, gives that he may have meant it all as pure nonsense comes at the very end, when he blows up the place with pyrotechnics. That's the one appropriate move in the whole show."

    Time Out film guide included the following in their review: "Price and Laughton make a formidable pair of heavies in this otherwise feeble thriller shot on a cheaply rigged-up corner of the MGM backlot. Taylor isn't up to moral dilemma as a US government agent sent to crack illicit aircraft engine trading in the Caribbean, yet tempted by a lucrative cash offer and the irresistible charm of café chanteuse Gardner."

    Critic Leslie Halliwell wrote in his film guide, "Steamy melodrama with pretensions but only moderate entertainment value despite high gloss. The rogues gallery, however, are impressive."

    In the book Cult Movies by Karl French and Philip French, they write, "In classic noir style, the chain smoking Rigby (he has no Christian name) tells most of the story in flashbacks that begin as visions he sees on the rain-lashed window of his hotel room. His voiceover narration continues as he battles with his conscience and tries to retain his honour in a world reeking of corruption. Laughton and Price are splendidly hammy villains and Gardner's nightclub singer is an innocent femme fatale in the manner of Rita Hayworth's Gilda."

    Scenes and characters from The Bribe are used in Carl Reiner's 1982 film parody, Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid, in which star Steve Martin's character is named Rigby and he is searching for friends and enemies of "Carlotta."


    The Bribe Wikipedia
    The Bribe IMDb The Bribe