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The only double the producers could find for Christopher Lee was the circus' real lion tamer, who Lee describes as being "half my height." In order to make the situation credible, 6'4" tall Christopher Lee was shot in close-up so the height differential would not be too obvious to the audience. According to Lee, he wore a black mask through nine-tenths of the movie anyway. See more »
About five minutes into the movie, when the police are chasing the van, the shadow of the camera is visible on the front of the van. See more »
British bank heist ends up at circus winter quarters complicating the who-done-it.
This is a perfect "B" movie. It starts off as a well-planned bank vehicle heist at the draw bridge of London Towers. The crime follows perfect timing among the thieves until a snag happens. Once the heist is completed the haunting theme starts and the movie begins. We follow astutely honorable Leo Genn, as Elliot the Scotland Yard investigator, to Barberini's Circus settling in its winter quarters. Somehow the money trail ends there. Who, what, where and when is a windy road with great characterizations and scenes. Christopher Lee is the hooded Gregor, masked in mystery also kept by his lovely niece Natasha (Suzy Kendall) who fancies Heinz Drache; the attractive circus ringmaster with a secret edge to him. Barberini, deftly played by Anthony Newlands, has all the bigness of a circus owner; making policy and calling the shots; a powerful personality in his Russian hat and odd accent. Maurice Kaufmann is Mario, the controlling jealous boyfriend of the beautiful playgirl Gina, played by a beguiling Margaret Lee. Add to the mix Klaus Kinski, the oddly affected criminal trying to tie up ends; Mason, the imperfect money deliverer; hard boiled crime leader Jackson; Manley, the sweet local police lieutenant; Cecil Parker as the incredulous eye-popping Sir John; Skip Martin as the conniving midget Mr. Big; and the idiotically sweet Eddie (Eddi Arentt), the circus owner's right hand man and clown wanna-be. It is an interesting story; a good mystery, with a fabulous theme weaving interesting characters with mysterious agendas, starkly filmed, with a surprise ending well worth the wait. It is on my A list. Enjoy.
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