Release Year: 1966
Director: Philip Dunne
Writers: Philip Dunne (screenplay), W.H. Wenger (screenplay), Lucille Fletcher (based on her 1960 novel Blindfold)
Starring: Rock Hudson, Claudia Cardinale, Jack Warden, Guy Stockwell, Brad Dexter, Anne Seymour, Alejandro Rey, Hari Rhodes, Vito Scotti
Moviegeek Sunday Classic #219, week 35 2018
Renowned psychatrist Bartholomew Snow (Rock Hudson) is asked to assist the military with a former patient of his kept in a secret location. His whereabouts are sought by sinister agents as well as his temperamental sister, Vicky (Claudia Cardinale).
This entertaining crime thriller with added light comedic touches is probably meant mainly as a star vehicle for Rock Hudson (Lover Come Back, 1961) with Claudia Cardinale (The Pink Panther, 1963) added for that trendy European touch, but it sure does work. The film begins by exploiting Hudson’s flair for playing a likable womanizer, but soon takes a turn toward a more suspenseful mood, making this a far cry from the typial Doris Day/ Rock Hudson vehicle while still maintaining a light-hearted feel. Cardinale is great – charming and hilarious as the tempestuous Italian-American who becomes entangled in Dr. Snow’s life as she tries to save her brother, played by Alejandro Rey (Fun in Acapulco, 1963). Other noteworthy players are Anne Seymour (All the King’s Men, 1949) as the calm secretary Smitty, Brad Dexter (The Magnificent Seven, 1960) as the relentless detective Harrigan, and Jack Warden (While You Were Sleeping, 1995) as General Prat aka. “George”. The film is entertaining throughout but especially in its climatic show-down in Florida which doesn’t disappoint. Lightweight and entertaining, this is warmly recommended to those who like fun thrillers.
The 10th and final film directed by well-known screenwriter Philip Dunne.
The scene in which Dr. Snow recreates his journey to Base X by sound is borrowed for a nearly identical scene in the film Sneakers (1992). The same ploy had been used in the film Joe Smith, American (1942) and its remake The Big Operator (1959).
The novelist Lucille Fletcher one whose novel the film is based, also wrote many popular radio plays, including Sorry, Wrong Number, which was adapted into te classic film-noir of the same name in 1948.
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