Rent Affair in Trinidad (1952)

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1h 34min
Rent Affair in Trinidad (aka Girl from Amen Valley) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Unwilling to believe that his brother really committed suicide in Trinidad, Steve Emery's effort to expose the truth quickly lands him at odds with his widowed sister-in-law, nightclub singer Chris Emery (Rita Hayworth). Exasperated at seeing her seducing the espionage agent he suspects is the killer, Steve (Glenn Ford) must then work to bring down the spy ring if he's to keep Chris from becoming its next victim.
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Vincent Sherman, Rita Hayworth
Oscar Saul, James Gunn, Virginia Van Upp, Berne Giler
Jean Louis
Girl from Amen Valley
Classics, Drama, Music & Musicals, Thrillers
Release Date:
Run Time:
94 minutes
English, French, Italian, Spanish
Arabic, Bulgarian, Danish, English, Finnish, French, Greek, Hindi, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese, Romanian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
Release Date:
Run Time:
98 minutes
English LPCM Mono
English Hard of Hearing
Aspect Ratio:
Full Screen 1.33:1 / 4:3
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
  • Audio commentary with Lee Gambin on 'A Affair in Trinidad'
  • The Guardian Interview with Ernest Borgnine (2001): archival audio recording
  • Ernest Borgnine in Conversation (2009): archival video recording
  • The End of the Affair: archival interview with Peter Ford, son of Glenn Ford
  • Swedes in America (1943): Irving Lerner's Oscar-nominated short film, presented | by Ingrid Bergman
  • Diary of a Sergeant (1945): Joseph M. Newman's documentary portrait of Harold Russell
  • The Steps of Age (1950): dramatised documentary, written and directed by Ben Maddow Caribbean (1951): documentary account of life and culture in the West Indies, British Guiana, and British Honduras
  • The Senate Crime Investigations (1951): extracts from the US senate committee's hearings into organised crime that would influence many noirs
  • Original theatrical trailers
  • Image galleries: promotional and publicity materials
  • Six short films starring the Three Stooges, lampooning the tropes and themes of the features included in this set
  • World and UK premieres on Blu-ray

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A Spy in Shimmering Black - Affair in Trinidad review by CH

Spoiler Alert

Christopher Isherwood often remarked that if his Sally Bowles had displayed the talent of Liza Minnelli, that small Berlin club would have been the sensation of Europe. Similar suspenders of disbelief are in order at the start of Affair in Trinidad (1952), where, with bongos to the fore, Rita Hayworth performs a dance-and-song number way beyond the means of the premises' dodgy owner.

Such is her skill that to watch her from the rear brings a new meaning to the phrase back projection – a phrase which, in its filmic sense, is also apt, for all of this island sojourn was filmed in Hollywood, with automobile excursions palpably faked. No matter. After all, none of Casablanca was shot on location. So what has brought sundry

people to post-war Trinidad? Rita Hayworth is informed by a police inspector and Embassy offical that her impoverished artist husband has died that very day. Such had been their relationship that, when asked what she said to him at breakfast, she replied, “pass the salt”.

It becomes clear that foul play rather than suicide was the cause, all the more so when her brother-in-law (Glenn Ford) arrives with a letter from his brother dated the very day of his death. He and Rita Hayworth had appeared together, to great effect, in Gilda. If Affair in Trinidad does not reach that level (or depths), it is adroitly done, not least because the jealousy and confusion is fomented by the elegantly sinister presence of Alexander Scourby, who should have appeared in more films. Palpably rich, he is smitten by Rita Hayworth, an infatuation which proves the tragic flaw in his latest plan to augment a nefarious fortune. The mechanics of that need not detain us, any more than the uranium racket of Beat the Devil. As with that terrific film (in which Bogart encounters Robert Morley), the plot is but a vehicle for the barbed exchanges of the characters caught up in it all. Here is a film in which nobody, however lowly the rôle, is superfluous: to name them would make for a catalogue.

Space, though, should be found to mention the effective direction by Vincent Sherman (who almost lived to a hundred) and Oscar Saul who, with James Gunn, worked a story into a screenplay. Watch this on your own and you'll hanker to see it again – with somebody by your side. That somebody will surely say, “you're right – this should be better known.”

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