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Directed by Robert Z. Leonard
USA 1949


The Bribe starts with a storm and ends with fireworks – fitting bookends for a crime thriller full of passion, greed and double crosses. The story revolves around a war-surplus racket operated from an island off the Central American coast, where federal agent Robert Taylor runs into the only thing steamier than the weather: Ava Gardner. World-wise, world-weary and fabulous looking, Taylor and Gardner epitomize noir sex appeal. And the consummate actors playing the villains couldn’t be more adept at oozing evil. Vincent Price portrays the suave criminal mastermind and Charles Laughton is his henchman, a sweaty wharf rat.


Theatrical Release: February 3rd, 1949

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DVD Review: Warner Home Video (Warner Archive Collection) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Runtime 1:37:33 
Video 1.33:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.53 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Warner

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Trailer
• Archive Advert

DVD Release Date: October 6th, 2009

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Chapters: 10



Another single-layered DVD-R treatment from the 'less concerned' Warner. Positive are it is progressive and, actually, not bad all things considered. It has more frame specific speckles than I appreciate but otherwise gives a decent, if not stellar, presentation. Ava Gardner looks scrumptious - as always.

No subtitles - and, unremarkable but clear, mostly consistent, 2.0 channel audio. Again, imperfect - but what are we to do?

If The Bribe occasionally looks familiar it's because scenes were liberally used in Steve Martin's amusing hard-boiled send-up Dead Men Don't Wear Plaid. This one has abundant atmosphere with stormy rain, plenty of shadows and lounge singing femme fatales. It's a better than average Noir-esque MGM effort with studly Taylor plus Price and Laughton providing A-1 support. Another in a line that deserves a better digital edition but I'll take what I can get. 

Gary W. Tooze


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