Synopsis: Adventurer James Brennan returns to Istanbul five years after being ejected under suspicion of diamond smuggling. In flashback, he recalls his last days there, his torrid love affair with Stephanie Bauer, the efforts of shady characters to obtain a strange ornament he received from a friend, and Stephanie's disappearance during a fire. Now that Brennan is back, Stephanie (or her double) reappears, and there's still the question of where the supposedly smuggled diamonds are...
Director(s): Joseph Pevney
Production: Universal
84 min

Look, Charlie, look. Istanbul!

What do you expect in Turkey?


Look, Charlie, it says: "Istanbul

is the threshold of Asia..."

"the colorful city of 444 mosques."

- Huh?

- 444 mosques.

You want to take me to them.

You? Who needs you?

Listen, I can go alone

anytime I want to and...

- Maybe not alone, you know?

- All right! All right!

I mean there's lots of interesting

people one can meet while traveling.

People interested in

culture and things.

Can I trouble you, Mr. Brennan?

No trouble, but no

smoking, it says there.

We're going down.

Oh, oh! Sure. Well, this is sort of

like coming home for you, isn't it?

Sort of like.

Scandinavian Airlines System,

Flight 100...

from Karachi, Tehran, Damascus and

Beirut, arriving at the gate five.

Welcome to Istanbul.

I am the guide.

You're the guide?

Istanbul is all right.

- Excuse me. Mr. Brennan?

- Right.

Would you step this way, please?

May I have my passport, please?


Thank you.

Ah most welcome, Brennan.

You are not exactly unexpected.

Nice to be remembered.

You have no idea what a pleasure

it is to see you again.

How often I have

wondered about you.

- May I?

- Please.

Five years is a long time

to stay away.

When one has a particular attachment.

The war had something

to do with that.


James Brennan,

Captain U.S. Air Force...

Devastation Swan Cico power plant...

Distinguished Service Cross.

Honorable discharge.

It's a very fine record, Brennan.

I congratulate you.

And now you've given up flying?

No, except it's a little difficult

without an airplane.

The one I had got lost.

Or would you remember that?

Perfectly. Your papers, please.

Thank you.

And the purpose of your visit?

Travel through here to Iran,

on business.

I heard the oil

companies need pilots.

You are passing through

Istanbul on your way to Iran.

Most interesting.

Inspector, you're such

a suspicious type.

You know that's the kind of thing

that breaks up old friendships.

Oh, I hope not.

But you know I must ask myself

why you have come back.

A sentimental journey perhaps?

Pilgrimage to the scene

of the former happiness?

But that would only

reopen an old wound.

So I must feel that it is not

sentiment that brought you back...

But diamonds.

I wish I could help you

to find them...

But I never did know what

you were talking about...


It's been delightful

chatting about old times.

There reminds for me to hope that

we all enjoy your stay in Istanbul.


And if there is anything that I can

do for you at all, inspector...

You'll be sure and let

me know, won't you?

I will be at the same hotel.

Have a pleasant visit.

- Mr. Brennan.

- Kazim, good to see you.

Good to see you.

It has been a long time.

Yep. I'd like my old room, eh?

Ah yes, I remember. 424.

I'm sorry, Mr. Brennan,

your 424 has already been taken.

An American couple, just arrived.

That wouldn't be Mr. and

Mrs. Boyle, would it?

- Yes, you know them?

- Mmm.

If you wish, I will move you in

when they check out.


In the meanwhile, I will put

you next door, room 422.

Take it up.

Bonjour, monsieur.

This way, please.

Do you wish anything, sir?

- Yeah, two vodka gimlets.

- Two?

Thanks for James Brennan.

Thank you, Istanbul,

thank you, beautiful night.

And thank you, whatever

you are called.

That sounds just a little

bit too much like goodbye.

I didn't mean it. Really I didn't.

What shall I say to

remove the spell?

Being In Turkish, it won't not work.

- Turkish?

- Yes.

That sounds like wonderful magic.

What does it mean?

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Seton I. Miller

Seton Ingersoll Miller (May 3, 1902 – March 29, 1974) was an American screenwriter and producer. During his career, he worked with many notable film directors such as Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz. Miller received two Oscar nominations and won once for Best Screenplay for fantasy romantic comedy film Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) along with Sidney Buchman. more…

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