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This is a pleasant mystery thriller with some light comedic moments and
as such is typical of a lot of movies made in the same period of the
middle to late sixties, most with one word titles such as this one has.
Partly inspired by the popularity of the stylish "Charade" of a few
years earlier, and more obviously influenced by Hitchcock, this is a
mixed group of films with often middle aged or lesser known actors in
the lead. This one has a biggie: Rock Hudson. He plays a psychiatrist
with the wonderfully slick, Hollywoodish name of Bartholomew Snow, who
gets in trouble up to his ears and, more to the point, eyeballs, when
one of his patients turns out to be a prominent scientist who's being
trailed some rather unsavory characters.
Hudson's ably supported by the luscious Claudia Cardinale, and the two make a very attractive couple. Also good is the late Jack Warden in a key role, and Guy Stockwell as a man who stutters. There's really no need to go much further into the plot except to say if one is in the mood for stylish, anodyne entertainment, this is a good one to catch. It has good credentials, too: directed by Philip Dunne, from a Lucille Fletcher story, photographed by the legendary Joe MacDonald. Though not on the Hitchcock level, the movie exudes class. While I wouldn't call this a brilliant film, it never insult the viewer's intelligence.
I've seen this mystery/comedy on one of the cable channels, a few years ago. I believe it's a Universal picture, and it may be one of those movies that the studio hasn't gotten around to putting out on VHS or DVD.
It's not bad as a film, and I hope that it comes out on digital in the years ahead.
Rock Hudson is his usual self in this film, playing his typical cool guy/nice guy self in trying to figure out who the good guys/villains are. And this movie did keep me guessing till the very end.
This thriller/comedy never reaches great heights but is solidly
throughout and that is more of an achievement then one might give it credit
for. To be sure, the plot elements and romantic element of two people who
can't stand each other for most of the film but eventually fall in love has
been done a million times before in various films over the
But usually, films containing these elements come across as hackneyed, tiresome and dreary in some shape or form but Blindfold never feels like that and is consistently good fun throughout its journey. Credit for that must go to Hudson and Cardinale who work well as a team and Hudson is especially effective in the film's more comic moments. Jack Warden is reliably effective in his supporting role.
While Blindfold is no classic on any level the solid entertainment it provides is something Hollywood consistently struggles to achieve to this day in films created for that purpose.
If you want to see a really bad example of this genre, see the abysmal pseudo-hip caper comedy A Fine Pair starring Hudson and Cardinale again which is a disaster on all levels.
This was once a mainstay of top movies for TV, but has since become forgotten, a victim of being one of the better movies. The older movies shown now are picked by the same people who have money in new movies, so they won't show good competition. This one had Rock Hudson playing a likable psychiatrist who becomes involved in espionage, treating a man who is a high level security risk. He is taken to the location several times, always blindfolded, and later, he must retrace his steps when he realizes something has gone wrong. A beautiful girl also has an interest in finding this location, and she builds a relationship with Rock, who does a great acting job of a heterosexual. Lots of great action, some of it before it's time. When this film was made, textbooks still claimed that no alligator ever killed a human being. Alligators become a major force here. There are lots of interesting bits, especially with the transportation the pair use in the swamp, "Henry". Enjoyable, and has all the classic attributes great movies have, without a lot of fanfare and big all star cast (although there are a few fairly big names). Well directed, and lots of fun.
Strongly influenced by Alfred HItchcock's spy thrillers ("north by
northwest" " the man who knew too much"...etc) ,"Blindfold " shares
with them the same vagueness as far as the political stakes are
concerned. There are villains who kidnapped a scientist
,period.Sometimes ,the viewer does not know who the villains are
anymore.And the movie shows some humor ,when it seems everything is
unauthorized and when the cop lies down on the psychiatrist's
coach.Besides the movie is proof positive that mules are clever
.Claudia Cardinale keeps her slightly hoarse voice (apart from
Italian,she is also fluent in French) and her pairing with Hudson is
odd,but why not?The movie is never dull and although it is far-fetched
to a fault -Hudson finding the way back to the House - it's good
But if you have not seen Hudson's precedent movie -one of his favorites- " Seconds"(Frankenheimer) ,made the same year,you'd better choose that one.
Good fun entertainment by Rock Hudson and Claudia Cardinale. As always Jack Warden does a nice job in a support role. When Hudson is kidnapped he makes note of the things he hears on the way to the kidnappers hideout. He is able to help the police track down the kidnappers following the sounds. To this day this movie stands out in my mind because of them noting the geese sounding like people at a party. Grab some popcorn and enjoy it if you are lucky enough to catch an airing of this on TV.
I saw this movie many years ago and yet I have never forgot it. If it comes out on DVD I will probably buy it since Rock Hudson, Claudia Cardinale, and Jack Warden did good characterizations. The sets and music add to the suspense. The movie moves along and has some interesting moments like when Rock Hudson tries to relocate the place he was taken blindfolded. Interesting how geese and people laughing sound similar. This one is rarely on TV so rent it if you can or buy it.
Blindfold is a clever and entertaining film with an interesting moral
to it about some folk's paranoid obsession with security. As lead Rock
Hudson plays a psychiatrist he's in a perfect position to diagnose the
problem. Can he find a cure though when security is compromised?
Hudson's practice includes some of New York's society bigwigs and he's quite the lady's man within that set. But one day he gets a call from a general in civilian attire played by Jack Warden who wants him to treat a former patient of his who is now a government scientist and who has had a nervous breakdown. But we can't let the Commies or anyone else know about it.
So Hudson is flown a couple hours to an old mansion where Alejandro Rey is being held and he does his psychiatrist thing and he's blindfolded as well. Two other people are concerned, Claudia Cardinale as Rey's sister who is telling the world about her brother's kidnapping and in point of fact he was. And there's the stuttering Guy Stockwell who convinces Hudson that Warden is a fake.
A great deal of the film is spent with poor Hudson trying to get answers to questions with no one 'authorized' to tell him. So who is real and who is fake, Warden or Stockwell? That you see the film for.
Blindfold is a delightful comedy and suspense film in the Hitchcock tradition. As is the mark of a good film, supporting the charming leads is a flawless cast of memorable performances. Besides those I've already mentioned there is Anne Seymour as Hudson's secretary, Brad Dexter as a thick as a brick NYPD detective, Vito Scotti and Angela Clarke as Cardinale and Rey's parents and a mule named Henry who gives the plot a kick in the right direction.
For fans of Rock Hudson and those who will be after seeing Blindfold.
Channel 5 TV in Britain showed this film today 09/12/05 and I was very
taken and surprised what a delightful and deftly made film it was/is.
It was entertaining and though not deep you always sensed that all was
not what it appeared to be and there would be a sting in the "tale".
Being blindfolded would never seem to portend a good omen a would always be an indication of undergoing a pretty serious experience though it's a way of you not seeing too much so that it may possibly portend eventual survival .
Seeing blindfolded men these days seem to be a prelude for having your head sawn off whilst still alive, a la Iraq, so there is always in this situation which carries a serious thread even it is interwoven with a comic touch and a dry sense of humour as is this film and the film is a success: an accomplished weave of dynamic and contrasting interplay of humour and seriousness: walking that particular tightrope is an act were you can easily fall off long before you reach the finish at the other end: too much rope for some films but this one skips there easily.
Claudia Cardinale is the only possible reason to watch this film. She
is absolutely gorgeous.
The film is all over the place not knowing whether to be deadly serious or slapstick.
Kidnap and murder on the one hand, then Rock Hudson fighting the bad guys with a canoe stuck on his head and then fending them off with a fire extinguisher whilst sat on a rocking horse. It made Henry "the ornery Mule" look the most dignified character and the most intelligent too.
But the mere sight of Miss Cardinale!
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