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Kaleidoscope (1966)

 -  Comedy | Crime  -  22 September 1966 (USA)
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Romantic comedy which has Barney Lincoln and Angel McGinnis as a pair of amorous adventurers in the gambling places of London and the Riviera. Barney Lincoln is a rambling gambling man who ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Barney Lincoln
Angel McGinnis
Inspector 'Manny' McGinnis
Eric Porter ...
Harry Dominion
George Sewell ...
Stanley Meadows ...
Dominion Captain
John Junkin ...
Dominion Porter
Larry Taylor ...
Dominion Chauffeur
Yootha Joyce ...
Museum Receptionist
Exquisite Thing
George Murcell ...
Anthony Newlands ...
Peter Blythe ...
Poker Player
Sean Lynch ...
Poker Player


Romantic comedy which has Barney Lincoln and Angel McGinnis as a pair of amorous adventurers in the gambling places of London and the Riviera. Barney Lincoln is a rambling gambling man who scores sensational wins at poker and chemin de fer because he has succeeded in marking the original plates for the backs of all the playing cards manufactured in a plant in Geneva and used in all the gambling joints in Europe. In his gambling depredation, Barney is spotted by Angel McGinnis, the daughter of a Scotland Yard Inspector 'Manny' McGinnis on the lookout for a man to do a job. The inspector enlists Barney's help in playing poker with a shady London character whom Scotland Yard wants to force to financial ruin. Written by alfiehitchie

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Love. Larceny. Luck. They're all in the cards. See more »


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22 September 1966 (USA)  »

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Sandra Dee was cast as the female lead but replaced See more »


Referenced in What's My Line?: Episode dated 11 September 1966 (1966) See more »

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Enjoyable Chic Fluff
23 August 2005 | by (Corpus Christi TX) – See all my reviews

"Kaleidoscope" drifts through like a pleasant breeze. Even if you're in the mood for something heavy and serious, just allow yourself five minutes with this light fluff, and you're hooked.

Set in Swinging London and Europe of the 60's, this film was directed by an American, Jack Smight ("Harper," the "Banacek" TV series), in a style that deliberately calls attention to itself. The dialogue is flippant; the characters are so offbeat they exist only as abstractions. If a viewer feels distanced emotionally, then the film's creators have succeeded. It's all pretty much at the same level as that other quintessential Sixties caper, "Modesty Blaise" (1966), only a bit less refined and a tad more square.

Warren Beatty plays Barney Lincoln, a card-cheating playboy with romantic pretensions. Before "Kaleidoscope," Beatty had acted in only one other film comedy ("Promise Her Anything," with Leslie Caron). Here, he comes on a little heavy-handed at first, but he soon settles in with the other performers, including Eric Porter -- a fine hammy presence as a sociopathic Mr. Big with a dreadful Napoleon-complex.

There are times when one fears even this farce might fail to hold its own light weight. But the high notes arrive on cue: the climax is a high-stakes, winner-take-all poker game, and it's a highly suspenseful scene. Its resolution will leave you admiring the good, low-keyed humor of the whole affair. The film's denouement, a kidnap-and-rescue sequence, is almost as clever.

This film is not art -- not by any stretch of our good will or imagination. But there's nothing wrong with taking pleasure from a well-made caper, especially if we realize the genre's built-in limitations. "Kaleidoscope" is good fun because, like its gambler/hero, it doesn't always play by the rules.

With Susannah York as Beatty's chic companion, a Carnaby Street shopowner, and Clive Revill as her Scotland Yard inspector/father.

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