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GLENN FORD AND ELKE SUMMER POST-NOIR 'THE MONEY TRAP'

Elke Sommer and Glenn Ford make an unlikely pair YEAR: 1965
Seven years after what HARDCORE director Paul Schrader called the last Film Noir, Orson Welles's 1958 jig-saw masterpiece TOUCH OF EVIL, the addictive template of cash-allured good guys, in this case low-rent cops... one who happens to live with a beautiful young lady with a yearly inheritance... was still used in b-movies...

And it takes former a-list actor Glenn Ford to make what could be an average, by-the-numbers programmer an intriguing glimpse into a planned heist of a crooked doctor's mansion wall-safe: a man who, in Ford's opinion, murdered a thief that broke in and... Well that's all part of the ingredients that makes THE MONEY TRAP a nice little page-turner with a touch of mystery, despite knowing whodunit from the get-go...

MoneyTrapScore: ***1/2
Although it's never quite clear why the cops, including Ford's more severe and desperate partner Ricardo Montalban, would take such a crazy risk, other than a possibly payoff, each scene flows into the next in an eclectic hybrid of Noir and Soapy Melodrama...

Elke Sommer in The Money Trap
The latter involving Ford's trophy wife, who is second billed over his once-famous GILDA co-starlet Rita Hayworth as a waitress sharing a past with the veteran cop, and she's a widow to the dead thief....

Too bad sexy blonde Elke Sommer doesn't veer into edgy moll or nefarious dame territory, or something other than a reason to provoke the main character into crossing the line: she's basically a plot-point with a perfect body...

Meanwhile, Hayworth and Ford share a few scenes that could have been played by anyone (a sort of bland version of Ford with Gloria Grahame in THE BIG HEAT) but it's nice seeing both of them together in this B&W time-filler that's worth an idyllic afternoon viewing. And safe seat gentleman Joseph Cotten's henchman Tom Reese is the most intriguing throughout. With a face looking like it'd been through a blender with a crocodile, he alone provides the real threat since, after all, the criminals here are the law.
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