A British doctor working in a Canadian hospital, has to assist in a delicate brain operation on a South American President, who is in hiding from a gang of assassins.

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Dr. Bob McLaurin
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Dr. Nancy Ferguson
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Juan Menda
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Finch
Carlo Giustini ...
Francisco Flores
Paul Carpenter ...
O'Brien
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Dr. McNeill
Lisa Gastoni ...
Carla Menda
Peter Arne ...
Kral
Catherine Boyle ...
Margaret McLaurin
John Crawford ...
Boyd
Kay Callard ...
Carol's Friend
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Carol Freeman
John McLaren ...
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Maggie Rennie ...
Night Nurse (as Maggie McGrath)
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As British Dr. Bob McLaurin prepares for a dangerous surgical procedure on South American leader Juan Menda in Montreal, the doctor's wife reveals her plan to blackmail McLaurin if he refuses her demand to take a job in England. Hating the provincial life in Canada, she is willing to destroy the career of her husband and his beautiful colleague Dr. Nancy Ferguson if that's what it takes to get back home. Meantime, a trio of assassins stalks the hospital with deadly plans for the high-profile patient. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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If the operation didn't kill him ... their bullets would !

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25 October 1958 (France)  »

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Intent to Kill  »

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Directorial debut of cinematographer Jack Cardiff. See more »

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Cinematographer Jack Cardiff's Directorial Debut
31 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Jack Cardiff does a good job in his directorial debut, 1958's Intent to Kill, starring Richard Todd, Herbert Lom, Betsy Drake, Warren Stevens, and Lisa Gastoni. Lom plays a South American leader who has entered a Canadian hospital under the name of Martin; however, that doesn't stop a group of assassins, headed by Warren Stevens, from getting the details of his stay and trying to assassinate him. The goal is to have the doctor in their gang inject him with an air bubble. It doesn't quite work out as they hoped.

Richard Todd plays his doctor, Dr. McLaurin, an unhappily married man who is in love (platonically for the moment) with a nurse, Nancy Ferguson (Betsy Drake).

Though this is a British film, it's set in a hospital in Canada, and is reminiscent of the film Crisis, which starred Cary Grant. The acting is good, particularly from Lom, and the camera work, no surprise, is interesting.

The best scenes in this film, in my opinion, occur at the end, when there is a confrontation on a staircase, an intense and exciting scene, very well done.

Entertaining with some nice twists and good elements.


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