A PRIZE OF GOLD is a minor heist yarn set in post-war occupied Berlin. US Air Force police sergeant Richard Widmark decides to hijack a bullion shipment on its flight from Berlin to London. He recruits several British soldiers to help him out. He’s doing this so his German girlfriend and a group of orphans (thank God for orphans to justify pretty much anything) can lam it to Brazil in style.
Not a bad premise, but director Mark Robson generates very little tension, the romantic entanglement is too melodramatic and it wraps up in a finale that’s simply absurd. Mai Zetterling is attractive and Nigel Patrick delivers some sarcasm adeptly, but the usually solid Widmark’s performance is one of his weakest.