Crisis (1950) Online
Husband and wife Americans Dr. Eugene and Mrs. Helen Ferguson - he a renowned neurosurgeon - are traveling through Latin America for a vacation. When they make the decision to return to New York earlier than expected, they find they are being detained by the military in the country they are in. Ultimately, they learn the reason is that President Raoul Farrago, the tyrannical military dictator of the country, has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and will die without an operation to remove it, Farrago choosing Gene as the doctor to lead the surgical team. Because of the volatile politics within the country and for his own safety as revolutionary forces would like to see him dead, Farrago refuses to go to a hospital for the operation, instead it to be done at his home. Despite not particularly liking Farrago or his ways, Gene agrees purely in his oath as a doctor. However, he ends up being caught in the middle between Farrago/his brutal regime and the revolutionaries, each side who is ...
|Complete credited cast:|
|Cary Grant||-||Dr. Eugene Norland Ferguson|
|José Ferrer||-||Raoul Farrago (as Jose Ferrer)|
|Paula Raymond||-||Helen Ferguson|
|Signe Hasso||-||Senora Isabel Farrago|
|Ramon Novarro||-||Colonel Adragon|
|Gilbert Roland||-||Roland Gonzales|
|Leon Ames||-||Sam Proctor|
Originally banned in Mexico, Central and South America.
Although great pains were used to disguise the name of the country in the film, Dr. Ferguson mentions that President Farrago should go to a neurological hospital (which he mentions is just across the border) in Chile--which narrows the country down to either Argentina, Bolivia or Peru. Other hints include: Peso/Dollar law, the blankets worn on the train, license plates on vehicles.
The South American dictator, Farrago, and his beautiful wife seem clearly modeled on Argentine dictator Gen. Juan Domingo Perón and his wife Eva Perón--something writer-director Richard Brooks conceded in a 1965 interview.
Directorial debut of Richard Brooks. NOTE: Brooks was at the Santa Anita race track where he met Cary Grant and struck up a conversation about this film; Brooks wrote the story but also wanted to direct; however, none of the studios would let him. Grant asked for a copy of the script and loved it, so much so that he went to MGM and said he would love to do the movie but only if Brooks was the director.
The original story was about the doctor's daughter getting kidnapped and there was no wife. However, once MGM had Cary Grant cast it insisted on a re-write so that Grant would have a love interest.
The sport played at the very beginning of the film, which may be foreign to modern audiences, is Jai Alai. During the first half of the twentieth century, Jai Alai was a very popular sport in Latin America, South America, and Europe. Betting on the games was a common cultural activity. In Argentina (which the writer/director admitted was the inspiration for the country in the film), most Jai Alai courts (or frontones) were closed following Peron's revolution.