The Bribe

Synopsis: In pursuit of stolen aircraft engines on a Central American island, federal agent Rigby meets chief suspect Hintten and his wife Elizabeth, a sultry cafe singer; and is watched by Bealer, a "pie-shaped man" with sore feet. Rigby knows he's on the right track when Bealer offers him money to leave Carlota. When Rigby and Elizabeth are drawn to each other, the gang realizes there's more than one kind of bribe. Everybody sweats.
98 min

Well, here's the storm,

Right on schedule.

Could be a break, at that.

Gives you time.


Time to think.

And how do you

like your thoughts?

How do you like

finding out

That maybe

you've got a price tag, too,

After all these years?

How much do you cost,


How much for you?

Or would you rather use

another word

For what you're

selling out,

One with a fancy

necktie on it-

Say, honor?

And what does that mean-


Same thing to everybody?

Or different things

to different people?


just a word.

Say it over often enough

And it's not even

a word anymore,

Just a sound-

A sound without

any meaning at all.

Who is it?

Your beer,

senor Rigby.

Oh, yeah,

put it over there.

Si, senor.

Good weather for sleeping tonight.

Yeah, for some.

Cooler, too,

maybe, huh?


Will there be anything else, senor?

No, thanks.

Here you are.

Muchas gracias.

Ah, wait a minute.

Come back in

half an hour,

I may want

to send a wire.

Muy bien, senor.

You don't have

to send that wire.

Wait it out.

Stall until it's too late.

Nobody will know.

Everybody misses sometime.

No hard feelings.

Sure, you could

make it look good,

But can a sellout

ever look good?

You never thought so

before, did you?

What changed you?

She did.

But is she guilty

or innocent?

You're not so sure

of her now, are you?

Think back.

When did you first

hear of her?

Gibbs was briefing you

that day in Washington.

Rigby, this is

a very important case.

Graft of public assets,

War surplus racket.

It means a lot

to the taxpayers

And, incidentally,

to your own record.

You've been chosen

because you're a good cop,

If you'll excuse

the expression.

I'll excuse it,


It's not

a dirty word by me.

We've discovered

that a very smooth racket

Is being worked in some of

the war surplus auctions.

Private operators

are purchasing huge lots

Of war surplus material

as scrap.

Most of it is fit

only for scrap,

But delivery

is being manipulated

So that when the scrap

is sent to the junkyard,

Surplus airplane motors

Are included in each lot.

The scrap is being

routed out

To South America,

as ballast on freighters.

That's O.K. As far as

the scrap's concerned,

But the motors

are also carried,

Illegally shipped out

of the country.

They are segregated

and unloaded en route,

We believe

in Central America,

Where they're conditioned

and tested

And then picked up

by purchasers

Who are paying

exorbitant prices.

The men who are

engineering this graft

Are really cashing in.

No regular fees,

no shipping charges,

And no income tax.

Just several million

dollars of illegal profits.

Right out of uncle

Sams hide, huh?

Bringing in as many

motors as possible

With engine numbers

intact and identifiable

Is your job.

Now, look,

You'll take the town

of Carlota,

Here on the island

of Los Trincos,

As your headquarters.

If you locate the motors,

You'll make the raid

and the arrest

In cooperation with the local

law enforcement agencies,

In this case, the police

at the town of Mateo

On the mainland.

You'll contact them through

a man named Rodriquez.

We think that the people

Handling the Central American

part of the fraud

Are united states citizens.

We've screened all


Only two suspects left.

A man by the name of

Tugwell Hintten

And a woman-

Elizabeth Hintten.

You'll be given everything

we have on them.

Carlota? Sounds

like one of those


and quinine resorts.

How's your fishing?

Just fair.

What's that got to do

with airplane engines?

In this case, plenty.

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Marguerite Roberts

Marguerite Roberts (21 September 1905 – 17 February 1989) was an American screenwriter, one of the highest paid in the 1930s. After she and her husband John Sanford refused to testify in 1951 before the House Un-American Activities Committee, she was blacklisted for nine years and unable to get work in Hollywood. She was hired again in 1962 by Columbia Pictures. more…

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