A French intelligence agent becomes embroiled in the Cold War politics first with uncovering the events leading up to the 1962 Cuban Missle Crisis, and then back to France to break up an international Russian spy ring.
While attending a medical conference in Paris, American physician Dr. Ben McKenna, his wife, retired musical theater actress and singer Jo McKenna née Conway, and their adolescent son Hank McKenna decide to take a side trip to among other places Marrekesh, French Morocco. With a knife plunged into his back, Frenchman Louis Bernard, who the family met earlier in their bus ride into Marrakesh and who is now masquerading as an Arab, approaches Ben, cryptically whispering into Ben's ears that there will be an attempted assassination in London of a statesman, this news whispered just before Bernard dies. Ben is reluctant to provide any information of this news to the authorities because concurrently Hank is kidnapped by British couple, Edward and Lucy Drayton, who also befriended the McKennas in Marrakesh and who probably have taken Hank out of the country back to England. Whoever the unknown people the Draytons are working for have threatened to kill Hank if Ben divulges any information ... Written by
In 1965, Alfred Hitchcock and James Stewart filed a $4,000,000 lawsuit against Paramount Pictures, arguing that their eight-year agreement with the studio had ended and that Paramount had breached their copyright by televising the film. The director and actor also requested that Paramount return the film's original negative to them. The final disposition of this suit has not been made public, but the film remained unavailable for commercial exhibition for many years. See more »
In the opening scene on the bus, there is a pretty brunette and a pretty blonde sitting in the seat directly in front of Jo. After Hank accidentally pulls the Arab woman's veil off, and goes back to his mother, the two women just disappear in a flash, allowing Louis Bernard to be able to sit down and "interrogate" Jo and Ben. See more »
Handsome Hitchcock thriller, but far too doddering...
Alfred Hitchcock's remake of his own 1934 suspense-drama comes dangerously close to being an hysterical melodrama instead of a thriller, as The Master of Suspense is far too leisurely in working this convoluted plot up to a boil. American couple James Stewart and Doris Day (a convincing husband and wife) are swept up in an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco, and are frantic when their young son is kidnapped. Despite Hitch's usual class and an exceptionally handsome production design, the film has few thrills. Scenes drag on interminably, the characters mumble and shoot terse looks at each other, but the threads of the story are kept far too opaque, and only the star-leads are able to hold interest. Doris introduces the big hit song "Whatever Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)", which serves as a plot-function and yet gets perhaps too much screen-time here. **1/2 from ****
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