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GLENN FORD, RITA HAYWORTH & ELKE SOMMER 'THE MONEY TRAP'

Title: THE MONEY TRAP YEAR: 1965 Rating: ***1/2

For this Post-Noir, which didn't seem aware that Film Noirs had ended, It takes former THE BIG HEAT 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... 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... 

Elke Sommer and Glenn Ford in THE MONEY TRAP

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

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....

Ricardo Montalban and Glenn Ford in The Money Trap

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; yet 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.

The Foreign posters are the best posters this one of THE MONEY TRAP
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in THE MONEY TRAP
Elke Sommer in THE MONEY TRAP
Joseph Cotten in THE MONEY TRAP
Tom Reese in THE MONEY TRAP
Glenn Ford and Rita Hayworth in THE MONEY TRAP
Elke Sommer and Glenn Ford make an unlikely pair in THE  MONEY TRAP

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