Twist of Fate (1954)
Counterfeit British gold sovereigns
This 1954 British Lion Film Corporation and United Artists film has a scene set in an underground mint
which manufactures counterfeit British gold sovereign coins.
Stanley also runs a gangster syndicate which manufactures counterfeit sovereigns for sale.
The film begins with a view of the French Riviera.
2. The French Riviera
Stanley is a married man who keeps Ginger in a fancy house in Cannes.
He has been telling her that he will soon be divorced but actually his money comes from her.
Stanley is an executive with his wife's firm and has a fancy business office.
3. Stanley and Ginger in his office
The office has interesting 1950's decor.
4. Herbert and Ginger
Herbert tells Ginger that his wife is in a sanitarium and implies that he needs money for her care.
Ginger gives him some money which he actually uses the money for gambling at a casino.
5. Stanley's "mint"
The "mint" is in an old building and uses an old coin press.
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
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.
6. Stanley's coin press
A closer look at the coin press which looks like a real antique.
A British gold sovereign:
7. Great Britain gold sovereign 1915
Gold, 22mm, 8.00gm, fineness: 22 Carat (0.916)
Interestingly enough, 1910 sovereigns are rarer than most from that period.
was priced at $35 per troy ounce.
Ginger gets upset at her situation, argues with Stanley, and drives off in her sportscar.
She has a minor wreck and seeks aid at a pub.
8. The artists' pub
Ginger meets Jacques, an artist who makes pottery.
He takes her to his place and a romance begins.
9. Jacques and Ginger
Among other things, Jacques shows Ginger how to make a vase.
Stanley sees the bracelet and assumes that Ginger gave it to Herbert and thus are lovers.
Herbert decides to help himself to some of Stanley's money.
10. Herbert taking the cash
Herbert takes Stanley's body to Jacques' house and sets it on fire.
Ginger and Jacques tie up Herbert to take him to the police.
11. Jacques and Ginger with the police
Ginger Rogers as 'Johnny' Victor
Stanley Baker as Louis Galt
Jacques Bergerac as Pierre Clemont
Herbert Lom as Emil Landosh
Writers: David Miller, Carl Nystrom, Rip Van Ronkel, Robert Westerby