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Golden Salamander (film)

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Golden Salamander
Golden Salamander FilmPoster.jpeg
Directed byRonald Neame
Produced byAlexander Galperson
Written byRonald Neame
Victor Canning
Lesley Storm
Based onThe Golden Salamander
by Victor Canning
StarringTrevor Howard
Anouk Aimée
Herbert Lom
Jacques Sernas
Music byWilliam Alwyn
CinematographyOswald Morris
Edited byJack Harris
Pinewood Films
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Eagle-Lion (US)
Release date
1 February 1950 (London)
Running time
87 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Golden Salamander is a 1950 British adventure film directed by Ronald Neame and starring Trevor Howard, Anouk Aimée and Herbert Lom. It won an award at the 1950 Locarno International Film Festival.[1] It is based on Victor Canning's 1949 novel The Golden Salamander. about a British archaeologist in North Africa who runs afoul of a crime syndicate.

It was shot at Pinewood Studios, with sets designed by the art director John Bryan. Extensive location shooting took place in Tunisia, including the ruins of Carthage. The score was composed by William Alwyn who incorporated Arabic themes into his work.[2] It was given an American release by Eagle-Lion the following year.


Sent by the British Museum to take charge of the shipping to London of important artefacts, David Redfern's route along an isolated Tunisian road is blocked by a landslide. During a heavy rain he makes his way to the town, but not before witnessing a gun-running operation. At the café in the town he meets Anna, a young Frenchwoman who with her brother Max had moved to North Africa during the wartime German occupation of France. Realising that Max is mixed up in the gun-running, Redfern decides to remain silent about what he has witnessed and concentrate instead on his job of removing the artefacts as quickly as he can.

As he spends time in Anna's company, Redfern falls in love with her and decides to help Max escape from the criminal existence in which he has become trapped and send him to Paris where as a talented painter he can make a fresh start. However Max is killed by his associate on the way to Tunis. Realising that Redfern knows too much about their operations, the head of the criminal outfit Serafis and his henchman Rankl plan to kill him and make it look like an accident.

However, with the help of a friend, Redfern is able to escape. Tracked by his enemies during the town's annual boar hunt, he manages to demonstrate to the authorities that the gang have murdered Max.




  • Ian Johnson. William Alwyn: The Art of Film Music. Boydell Press, 2005.

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