The New Pictures, Feb. 7, 1949

The Bribe (MGM) puts Robert Taylor to work at one of Hollywood's most dog-eared formulas: U.S. Government agent falls for girl, finds she is innocent wife (or sister) of crook he is out to get. It always winds up with the hero facing both guns and a moral dilemma.

In The Bribe, dame and dilemma are beautifully embodied (but hardly acted) by Ava Gardner, wife of a derelict U.S. flyer (John Hodiak). When not hung over from bad rum and alleged combat fatigue, Hodiak is busy smuggling airplane engines to Central America with the...

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