Trapped in Tangiers

Trapped in Tangiers (Italian: Agguato a Tangeri, Spanish: Un hombre en la red) is a 1957 spy film directed by Riccardo Freda and starring Edmund Purdom.[2][3]

Trapped in Tangiers
Directed byRiccardo Freda
Produced byAntonio Cervi[1]
Screenplay by
Story by
  • Alessandro Continenza
  • Vittoriano Petrillo
  • Paolo Spinolla
  • Riccardo Freda[1]
Music byLelio Luttazi[1]
CinematographyGabor Pogany[1]
Edited by
  • Antonio Cervi Produzioni Cinematografica
  • Producciones Ariel
  • Rodas P.C.[1]
Distributed byEuro International Film
Release date
  • 8 November 1957 (1957-11-08)
Running time
94 minutes[1]




Freda dismissed the film later in his life, describing the film as devoid of interest and a troubled production which he blamed on producer Antonio Cervi.[4] Freda and his crew arrived in Tangiers for location scouting, and found that the agency that was supposed to pay for their accommodations.[4][5] Freda and his crew eventually left for Madrid, and after about a month of no headway being made in the production, the Spanish co-production company asked Freda if the whole film could be shot in 18 days.[5] Freda said he could and finished the film in sixteen days.[5] The film was entirely shot in Spain.[1]

The film was the debut of Spanish film director Jorge Grau.[6] Grau recalled that he was hired as a second assistant director as he spoke fluent Italian but described his job as just "chatting with the director."[6] Grau recalled that the crew was split into two later into production with half shooting in Tangiers led by the first assistant director, and the other half which included Freda and Grau.[6] Grau stated that Freda left for one day as his lover called him from Madrid threatening to end their relationship if he did not come to visit, which led to Grau to complete shooting.[6] The scenes Grau filmed he described as very small, such as a car arriving at the port of Malaga and the foot pressing on an accelerator.[6]


Trapped in Tangiers was released on 8 November 1957.[1] The was distributed in Italy by Euro International Film where it grossed 168,500,000 Italian lire domestically.[1] The film was released as Trapped in Tangiers in the United States where it was distributed by Twentieth Century Fox in 1960.[1][7] This version was dubbed and shortened to 77 minutes.[7]



  1. Curti 2017, p. 314.
  2. Roberto Chiti; Roberto Poppi; Enrico Lancia. Dizionario del cinema italiano: I film. Gremese, 1991. ISBN 8876055487.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  3. Paolo Mereghetti. Il Mereghetti - Dizionario dei film. B.C. Dalai Editore, 2010. ISBN 8860736269.
  4. Curti 2017, p. 134.
  5. Curti 2017, p. 135.
  6. Curti 2017, p. 136.
  7. Curti 2017, p. 137.


  • Curti, Roberto (2017). Riccardo Freda: The Life and Works of a Born Filmmaker. McFarland. ISBN 1476628386.

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