The Big Deadly Game (1954)
"Third Party Risk" (original title)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  January 1955 (USA)
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An American on vacation in Spain gets mixed up with a smuggling ring.



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Complete credited cast:
Philip Graham
Mr. Darius
Maureen Swanson ...
Simone Silva ...
Mitzi Molnaur
Maxwell Carey
Peter Dyneley ...
Tony Roscoe
George Woodbridge ...
Inspector Goldfinch
Russell Waters ...
The Scientist
Roger Delgado ...
Detective Gonzales
Seymour Green ...
Mary Parker ...


When songwriter Phil Graham is vacationing at a Spanish resort, he runs into old RAF comrade Tony Roscoe, whom he has not seen since the war. Tony is suddenly called back to Britain on emergency business and is not able to drive back to London. Phil volunteers to drive his car back for him and to bring a valuable envelope that Tony has left locked in the hotel safe. After saying goodbye to his old flying buddy, Phil is mugged by thugs while driving Tony's car. Another hotel guest, the enigmatic Mr. Darius, as well as a local police inspector, tell Phil that his old friend has become involved in criminal enterprises since his discharge. When Phil finds him murdered upon returning to Britain, he finds himself in possession of an envelope filled with mysterious microfilm that everyone seems to want. Written by Gabe Taverney (

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The Scientist: [after Phil takes the microfilm out of the scientist's raincoat] But good gracious, do you mean to say that's been in my pocket all that time? Why give it to me yesterday and take it back today?
Philip Graham: Cause I felt sorry for you. You seemed to be in a tight spot.
The Scientist: Why don't you let me have it today?
Philip Graham: Because I'm in a tight spot now. I think the police suspect that I killed Tony Roscoe.
The Scientist: But what use are the microfilms to you?
Philip Graham: Gonna use them as bait. Maybe I can catch the fellow that's behind all this.
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28 May 2013 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

After Lloyd Bridges is mugged on his way back from dropping an old buddy off at a Spanish airport, you almost expect to hear him mutter, "Looks like I picked the wrong week to stop drinking!". Like Leslie Nielsen and Peter Graves, his serious co-stars from the 1980 comic masterpiece "Airplane!", he started off as a dramatic actor, one in his case that was often action packed. Here, he gets more than he bargained for when he meets this old acquaintance by chance in Spain and ends up in an espionage-filled adventure surrounding that old spy plot favorite-microfilm. Taking him from Spain to London and back to Spain again, this film is predictable, giving a Spanish version of Sydney Greenstreet into the mix, an exciting fire sequence, and a Mardi-Gras like festival where the villain attempts an originally unique escape. Refreshingly short, it highly resembles an early TV movie with its commercial-like break fadeouts and sometimes preposterous plot twists.

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