6.7/10
360
10 user 3 critic

The Winston Affair (1964)

Man in the Middle (original title)
In WW2,a US lieutenant stationed in India shoots dead a British NCO and admits his crime but his reason for the murder is so bizarre that it puzzles his defense counsel.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In 1941 during the desert war in Abyssinia the Italian captain Blasi and the British major Richardson alternate between being bitter enemies or best friends depending on the circumstances.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: David Niven, Alberto Sordi, Michael Wilding
The Hunters (1958)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

In 1952, as the Korean War rages on, American officers land in Kyoto. Among them are Major Ceve Saville, assigned to a fighter squadron, and Lieutenant Carl Abbott. The latter neglects his ... See full summary »

Director: Dick Powell
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Robert Wagner, Richard Egan
Rampage (1963)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A German zoo hires two hunters to catch a rare breed of panther in Malaysia. The girlfriend of one of the hunters accompanies them on their hunt, which tenses the situation as the other ... See full summary »

Director: Phil Karlson
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Elsa Martinelli, Jack Hawkins
Certificate: M Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

During the Cold War a Naval Intelligence officer endowed with a powerful photographic memory is transferred to the CIA to participate in a covert operation in Moscow.

Director: John Huston
Stars: Bibi Andersson, Richard Boone, Nigel Green
Action | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In New Mexico, looking for his son's murderer, Ben Kane takes a deputy marshal's job and runs into young Billy Young who's on the lam.

Director: Burt Kennedy
Stars: Robert Mitchum, Angie Dickinson, Robert Walker Jr.
The Red House (1947)
Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

An old man and his sister are concealing a terrible secret from their adopted teen daughter, concerning a hidden abandon farmhouse, located deep in the woods.

Director: Delmer Daves
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Lon McCallister, Judith Anderson
Whirlpool (1950)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman secretly suffering from kleptomania is hypnotized in an effort to cure her condition. Soon afterwards, she is found at the scene of a murder with no memory of how she got there and seemingly no way to prove her innocence.

Director: Otto Preminger
Stars: Gene Tierney, Richard Conte, José Ferrer
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

This lurid exposé of the Hitler Youth follows the woes of an American girl declared legally German by the Nazi government.

Directors: Edward Dmytryk, Irving Reis
Stars: Tim Holt, Bonita Granville, Kent Smith
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During WW2 in Italy, Sergeant Joe Mooney is leading his small squad on the front-lines but is ordered to avoid rescuing a soldier trapped in no man's land.

Director: Edward Dmytryk
Stars: Bonar Colleano, Arthur Franz, Lee Marvin
Crime School (1938)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A gang of underprivileged teenagers are sentenced to serve two years in a reform school after almost killing a criminal fence who attacked them.

Directors: Lewis Seiler, William Clemens
Stars: The 'Dead End' Kids, Humphrey Bogart, Gale Page
Bedlam (1946)
Drama | Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Nell Bowen, the spirited protege of rich Lord Mortimer, becomes interested in the conditions of notorious St. Mary's of Bethlehem Asylum (Bedlam). Encouraged by the Quaker Hannay, she tries... See full summary »

Director: Mark Robson
Stars: Boris Karloff, Anna Lee, Billy House
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

British Commander Max Easton fakes his defection to the Soviets in order to sue the slandering newspapers for the money he needs to woo a fancy American woman.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: James Mason, George Sanders, Vera Miles
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Lt. Col. Barney Adams
...
Kate Davray
...
Gen. Kempton
...
Maj. John Darryl Kensington
...
Lt. Charles Winston
...
Maj. Leon Kaufman
...
Col. Burton
...
Lt. Oscar Morse
Robert Nichols ...
Lt. Harvey Bender
...
Col. Shaw
Errol John ...
Sgt. Jackson
Paul Maxwell ...
Maj. Fred Smith
Lionel Murton ...
Capt. Alec Gunther
Russell Napier ...
Col. J.H. Thompson
Jared Allen ...
Capt. Dwyer
Edit

Storyline

In India during WWII, a US officer confesses the murder of a UK officer. A military veteran is appointed to defend him. Everything looks simple, until he starts investigating the circumstances of the crime and realizes that facts don't fit. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The most unusual chain of events that ever held your emotions at gun point.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

5 February 1964 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Winston Affair  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

This was made by Marlon Brando's production company, Pennebaker Films. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Il signor Quindicipalle (1998) See more »

Soundtracks

Chattanooga Choo Choo
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played during the scene at the dance
Also played when Col. Adams passes through the hotel lobby
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
In The End You Don't Really Care
29 May 2010 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

There is not a player worth their talent who does not eventually want to do a role in a courtroom drama. The sad thing is that Robert Mitchum got his turn in court in Man In The Middle.

Not that it's a bad role or a bad performance that Mitchum turns in. But ultimately you don't really care what happens to the victim here, an insane and racist army lieutenant played by Keenan Wynn who coldbloodedly shot down a British sergeant in the China-Burma-India theater of World War II.

It's the nationalities here, the American Army in the spirit of interallied cooperation just wants to get Wynn quickly convicted and hung in a proficient military manner. General Barry Sullivan has gotten Mitchum to be the defense lawyer with then presumption that because Mitchum is from a military family he will do the right thing by the army's standards.

But an army nurse and an army psychiatrist played by France Nuyen and Sam Wanamaker make him see that Wynn needs the best defense. The army has suppressed a report where Wanamaker has clearly stated that Wynn is certifiable, but the medical corps have deep sixed the report and Wanamaker. Doing that bit of dirty work is Alexander Knox.

What's keeping this thing alive is Wynn's unseen brother-in-law a Congressman. That will usually do it with the military.

The film was partially shot on location in New Delhi and the biggest problem on set according to Robert Mitchum's biographer Lee Server was keeping Trevor Howard away from the booze. Howard is in the film as well as a British psychiatrist and apparently at the time he was heavily drinking and he couldn't hold the liquor as well as Mitch. Not that he didn't stop trying. The biography goes into what must have been a hilarious scene where the director is trying to tell a drunken Howard on the set to change some mismatching socks which even a black and white camera could pick up.

Man In The Middle is well made and the performances sincere by the players. But in the end I really could not care what the army did with Keenan Wynn.


8 of 13 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
What happens to good movies like this? christieg2
On FXM (fox movie channel) 9/26/2013 6 a.m. est (Man in the Middle) ekelks-2
Discuss The Winston Affair (1964) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?