BrianRxm Coins in Movies 102/110
Twist of Fate (1954)
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This 1954 British Lion Film Corporation and United Artists film has a scene of an underground mint
which is manufacturing counterfeit British gold sovereigns.
 
The film is also known as "Beautiful Stranger" and is set on the French Riviera.
 
Ginger Rogers is the mistress of businessman Stanley Baker, who pays for her house
and gives her furs and jewels. Stanley also runs a gangster syndicate which counterfeits
British gold sovereigns and sells them outside France.
 
Ginger finds out about Stanley's racket and that he does not intend to leave his wealthy wife for her.
Ginger meets Jacques Bergerac who is an artist (potter) and they fall in love.
 
Herbert Lom is a low-life and thief who works for Stanley.
Stanley comes to believe that Ginger and Herbert are lovers, the two men fight over her,
Herbert kills Stanley, moves the body around, eventually to Ginger's car and then to Jacques' studio.
 
After a car and boat chase, the police catch the various crooks leading to a happy ending for
Ginger and Jacques.
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1. The French Riviera
 
The film was shot on location there.
 
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2. Stanley and Ginger in his office
 
The office has interesting 1950's decor.
 
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3. Herbert and Ginger
 
Herbert tells Ginger that his wife is in a sanitarium, implies that he needs money for her care,
and Ginger gives him some.
He actually uses the money for gambling at a casino.
 
A British gold sovereign:
 
Britain sovereign 1915
4. Great Britain gold sovereign 1915
 
Gold, 22mm, 8.00gm, fineness: 22 Carat (0.916)
 
A 1910 sovereign would be similar, except for a different king, Edward VII.
Interestingly enough, 1910 sovereigns are rarer than most from that period.
 
In 1954, the year of the film, sovereigns would be worth in gold around $8.75 as
gold was priced at $35 per troy ounce.
They were worth more in some countries due to importation laws and taxes.
 
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5. Stanley's "mint"
 
The "mint" is in an old building and uses an old coin press.
 
Stanley talks to one of his men, who acts as a "collector" for the syndicate.
 
Collector: Here are the new pressings, even the Bank of England couldn't make them any better.
Stanley: They need rubbing down a little, they're too bright for a date 1910
Collector: Leave it to him, this guy can do anything with gold.
Stanley: How many agents
Collector: Eighteen
 
Stanley:
And all have sovereigns's on hand.
I can get $20 in Rome, in Cairo they're just $18.
The Tangier prices are rising all the time.
I'm shipping the whole minting plant to Tangier and making the coins there.
It's an international zone and the law's easier there, besides I have gold in Tangier.
 
Stanley sends collector to collect money from agents and debtors.
 
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6. Stanley's coin press
 
A closer look at the coin press which looks like a real antique.
 
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7. Jacques and Ginger
 
The two meet after Jacques rescues Ginger from an automobile accident.
 
After many twists and turns, the gangsters are either killed or arrested.
 
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8. The police sort things out and let the lovers go
 
Notes:
 
Cast:
Ginger Rogers as 'Johnny' Victor
Stanley Baker as Louis Galt
Jacques Bergerac as Pierre Clemont
Herbert Lom as Emil Landosh
 
Director: David Miller
Writers: David Miller, Carl Nystrom, Rip Van Ronkel, Robert Westerby
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