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Surprise Package (1960)

Approved | | Comedy | 22 September 1960 (UK)
An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local ... See full summary »

Director:

Stanley Donen

Writers:

Harry Kurnitz (screenplay), Art Buchwald (based on a book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Yul Brynner ... Nico March
Mitzi Gaynor ... Gabby Rogers
Noël Coward ... King Pavel II (as Noel Coward)
Eric Pohlmann ... Chief of Police Stefan Miralis
George Coulouris ... Dr. Hugo Panzer
Guy Deghy ... Tibor Smolny
Warren Mitchell ... Klimatis
Lyndon Brook ... Stavrin
Alf Dean Alf Dean ... Igor Trofim (as Man Mountain Dean)
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Storyline

An American gangster is exiled from the United States for criminal activity and is sent back to the Greek island where he was born. Once on the island, he is watched by a corrupt local police chief. Upon meeting an exiled king, he attempts to purchase the king's family jewels for a million dollars. However, when he wires for the money to his associates back home, they double cross him and send him a beautiful gun moll instead. Written by anonymous

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 September 1960 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Geschenk für den Boß See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Whilst filming Yul, Mitzi, and other members of the crew played an improvised game of cricket in the Acropolis Lindos. See more »

Quotes

Nico March: [last line, to Gabby] Keep up the good work, honey, and in four hundred and twenty-two years, we'll be even!
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: UPSTATE NEW YORK See more »

Soundtracks

Surprise Package
By Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen
Sung by vocal chorus over credits
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Another Pepe la Moko?
2 April 2015 | by bruno-32See all my reviews

I just caught this film while trying out my remote ( a favorite tool of mine lately ) and watched about 15 minutes of it. It was a comedy as far as I could tell and looking and listening to Yul Brenner's character and the way he was dressed, brought to mind another foreign actor, Charles Boyer, in the great movie "Algiers" with Hedy Lamarr. At times I thought I would 'hear' Boyer's voice listening to Yul, and thought it would be a good idea if they ever were going to rehash "Algiers" ( there are certain movies that could not be rehashed and "Algiers" was one them, but if they decided to do it, he would have been perfect as Pepe :a Moko. As for Mitzi, very poor acting the little I saw of her and indeed decorative for musicals only. Noel Coward was wasted.


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