GenreDrama CinematographyGeorge J. Folsey Duration LanguageEnglish
CastRobert Taylor (Cliff Barton), Elisabeth Müller (Miriam Linka (as Elisabeth Mueller)), Burl Ives (George Salt), Charles Coburn (Guy Eliot), Cedric Hardwicke (Mr. Carew (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)), Mary Astor (Mrs. George Salt) Release date1957 WriterHoward Swigett (novel), Robert Ardrey (screenplay) Similar moviesInterstellar, Lymelife, No Escape, Kiss The Bride, The Peanuts Movie, Sex Tape
TaglineA PICTURE THAT BRINGS BACK GREAT ACTING BY GREAT ACTORS AND ACTRESSES
The Power and the Prize is a 1956 drama film directed by Henry Koster, written by Robert Ardrey, starring Robert Taylor and Burl Ives. It was nominated for an Academy Award in 1957 for costume design.
Although he is scheduled to wed his boss George Salt's niece that weekend, Amalgamated World Metals vice chairman Cliff Barton is sent to London to conduct a business deal that will enrich the firm. Salt considers him a protege and intends to turn over control of the company to Barton someday, insisting to him that business always comes first.
Cliff must hide the fact from Mr. Carew, who runs the British company, that Salt intends to unscrupulously assume control of the company rather than simply merge with it. And while following through on Mrs. Salt's request to drop by her pet London-based charity, Cliff learns that it is actually a front for prostitutes run by a German refugee named Miriam Linka.
Although his loyalties are with the company, Cliff wants no part of betraying Carew's trust. He also, against all odds, falls in love with Miriam and persuades her to return to America with him to be married. Salt angrily tries to spin the guilt so that it appears Cliff was the one defrauding the British, while false accusations fly that Miriam is not only a prostitute but a Communist as well. Cliff must fight for his reputation and the woman he loves.
Robert Taylor as Cliff Barton
Burl Ives as George Salt
Mary Astor as Mrs. Salt
Cedric Hardwicke as Carew
Charles Coburn as Guy Elliot
Elisabeth Muller as Miriam
According to MGM records the film earned only $570,000 in the US and Canada and $500,000 elsewhere resulting in a loss of $883,000.