Action was keynote for Metro in summer 1957,
trade ads trumpeting this, Tip On A Dead Jockey, House Of Numbers, and Gun
Glory for fast-move laurels. Claridge Productions and Van Johnson Enterprises
were collapsible corporations set up to produce, with England as home base, giving
them access to Eady funds and Metro's Elstree shop for interiors. The
lion had lately partial- financed indie projects, givenright story with name performers. Seven million was spread among eleven such ventures,
Action Of The Tiger thought a safe bet for international biz thanks to pairing
of Van Johnson and Euro hotsy Martine Carole. It was a good way to keep
distribution pipelines filled and MGM-British facilities busy. The Elstree lot
was large, overhead rivaling back home Culver, so the company needed tenants
to fill/use space.
Exteriors for Action Of The Tiger were shot
becomingly on Spain and Greece location
in Cinemascope and color, giving director Terence Young chance to bone up on
violence and mass attacks before James Bond assignment clinched a future along
similar line. To that topic, there is Sean Connery early in his career as first
mate to Van Johnson, playing drunkscenes, attempting rape of Martine Carole,
and emptying a saloon, Johnson a less credible tough guy selling his boat and
gun skills to high bidder Carole. Lead men of aging category were 50's
persistent at crossing into Commie strongholds on rescue mission. Gable had
done it twice, though by 1957 and Johnson's venture, there'd be diminishing returns.
For being made so cheap (negative cost: $863K), Action Of The Tiger
did return welcome profit ($204K).