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Director:
Writers:
Donald Hamilton (novels)
Oscar Saul (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 February 1966 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Follow Matt Helm secret agent from bedroom to bedlam with guns, girls and dynamite! See more »
Plot:
In this, the first Matt Helm movie, we see Matt Helm coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
2 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
"It happened down in Santiago..." See more (41 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dean Martin ... Matt Helm

Stella Stevens ... Gail Hendricks

Daliah Lavi ... Tina

Victor Buono ... Tung-Tze

Arthur O'Connell ... Joe Wigman

Robert Webber ... Sam Gunther

James Gregory ... MacDonald

Nancy Kovack ... Barbara

Roger C. Carmel ... Andreyev

Cyd Charisse ... Sarita
Beverly Adams ... Lovey Kravezit
Richard Devon ... Domino
David Bond ... Dr. Naldi
John Reach ... Traynor
Robert Phillips ... 1st Armed Man
John Willis ... M.C.
Frank Gerstle ... Frazer

Grant Woods ... Radio Man
Patrick Waltz ... Hotel Clerk
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Todd Armstrong ... Guard (uncredited)
Barbara Burgess ... Slaymate (uncredited)

Vikki Carr ... Sarita (singing voice) (uncredited)
Amadee Chabot ... Girl (uncredited)
Carol Cole ... Waitress (uncredited)
Myron Cook ... Guard (uncredited)
Bill Couch ... Armed Man (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Student Guard (uncredited)
Dirk Evans ... Armed Man (uncredited)
Robert Glenn ... FBI Agent (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Pilot (uncredited)

Joe Gray ... (uncredited)
Frank Hagney ... Drunk (uncredited)
Patrick Hawley ... Eddie the Bartender (uncredited)

Chuck Hicks ... Armed Man (uncredited)
Harry Holcombe ... Agent 'X' (uncredited)
Susan Holloway ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Thomas Horton ... Hunter (uncredited)
Ted Jordan ... Man (uncredited)
Art Koulias ... Engineer (uncredited)
Gary Lasdun ... Armed Man (uncredited)
Anna Lavele ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Grace Lee ... Oriental Girl (uncredited)
Karen Lee ... Slaymate (uncredited)

Nelson Leigh ... Man (uncredited)
Victoria Lockwood ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Gay MacGill ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Mary Jane Mangler ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Gigi Michel ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Hans Moebus ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Ray Montgomery ... Agent 'C' (uncredited)
Inga Neilsen ... Statue (uncredited)
Margie Nelson ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Scott Perry ... Guard (uncredited)
Pat Renella ... Man (uncredited)
Leoda Richards ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Bruce Ritchey ... Hunter (uncredited)
Pamela Rodgers ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Cosmo Sardo ... Waiter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Club Patron (uncredited)
Tom Steele ... Guard (uncredited)
Thomas A. Sweet ... Guard (uncredited)
Margaret Teele ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Rita Thiel ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Larri Thomas ... Specialty Dancer (uncredited)
Glenn Thompson ... Student Guard (uncredited)
Marilyn Tindall ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Richard Tretter ... Guard (uncredited)
Vincent Van Lynn ... Agent 'Z' (uncredited)
Robert Ward ... Man (uncredited)
Jan Watson ... Slaymate (uncredited)
Guy Wilkerson ... Farmer (uncredited)

Directed by
Phil Karlson 
 
Writing credits
Donald Hamilton (novels "The Silencers" and "Death of a Citizen")

Oscar Saul (screenplay)

Produced by
Irving Allen .... producer
James Schmerer .... associate producer (as Jim Schmerer)
 
Original Music by
Elmer Bernstein 
 
Cinematography by
Burnett Guffey (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Charles Nelson 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph C. Wright  (as Joe Wright)
 
Set Decoration by
George R. Nelson 
 
Costume Design by
Moss Mabry 
 
Makeup Department
Virginia Jones .... hair stylist
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
 
Production Management
Ralph E. Black .... unit production manager (as Ralph Black)
Sergei Petschnikoff .... unit production manager (as Sergei Petchnikoff)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
James Curtis Havens .... second unit director (as James Havens)
Clark L. Paylow .... assistant director (as Clark Paylow)
 
Sound Department
Lambert E. Day .... sound (as Lambert Day)
Charles J. Rice .... sound supervisor
 
Special Effects by
Marlowe Newkirk .... special effects (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Bill Couch .... stunts (uncredited)
John Daheim .... stunts (uncredited)
Sol Gorss .... stunts (uncredited)
Joe Gray .... stunts (uncredited)
Bob Herron .... stunts (uncredited)
Chuck Hicks .... stunts (uncredited)
Carey Loftin .... stunts (uncredited)
Gil Perkins .... stunts (uncredited)
Tom Steele .... stunts (uncredited)
Thomas A. Sweet .... stunts (uncredited)
Glen Thompson .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Friedman .... assistant camera (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sy Devore .... wardrobe: Dean Martin
 
Music Department
Jack Hayes .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Leo Shuken .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Herbert Baker .... parodies
Robert Sidney .... choreographer
George Barris .... car customizer (uncredited)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (uncredited)
Jean-Étienne Siry .... poster designer (french version) (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
102 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | UK:A | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) | USA:Approved (cut) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
The gorgeous statuesque blond stripper in the opening title sequence is dancer Larri Thomas who would later portray Henrietta Hippo on TV's New Zoo Revue in the early 1970s.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the car chase, Gail Hendricks can be seen sitting much closer to Matt Helm in the shots inside the car compared to the shots from outside (behind) the car. Also the front seat is significantly different when seen from outside the car. It is a bench seat with headrests.See more »
Quotes:
Tina aka Cowboy:[after Matt has a wet first encounter with Gail at the swimming pool] I can't leave you alone for a second, can I?
Matt Helm:Not if you want to keep me dry.
Tina aka Cowboy:[Discussing Gail] Quite a girl.
Matt Helm:That is not a girl, Tina. That's a disaster area.
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Soundtrack:
South of the BorderSee more »

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18 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
"It happened down in Santiago...", 15 July 2005
Author: movibuf1962 from Washington, DC

I recently bought the DVD, and I forgot how much fun it was. It's not rocket science at all, and one could argue that even as an obvious spy spoof (in the best Bond and Flint traditions) it hiccups a bit throughout its own pretensions: Dean Martin's photographer-as-spy is properly cool, but there's a fine line between being laid-back and appearing to sleep on camera. (I could also say something about a modern audience being more than a bit startled at the immense objectifying of women throughout the whole film, but society is currently enjoying a renaissance of all things politically INcorrect and telling the rest of us to shut up- so I'll shut up.) Martin's female co-stars are all a smörgåsbord of beauty and sex appeal- every last one of them, but the one who seems to have emerged with the strongest impression is Stella Stevens' accident-prone klutz (whose airhead personality got on my nerves after a while, but I cannot deny that she looked fantastic as a redhead). For me, I preferred the enigma that is Daliah Lavi (a black-haired siren of Mideastern gorgeousness), who emerges a double agent and semi-lover of Helm's. The film does two brilliant things which take its visual appeal to dizzying heights: It launches the film with clever opening credits which peek under a bevy of gorgeous strippers, each doing a 'legitimate' strip-tease (no true nudity). Ending the strip parade is the film's other secret weapon: Cyd Charisse. I love that TPTB had the foresight to acknowledge a younger and older demographic at the same time- while simultaneously spotlighting one of filmdom's greatest dancers in a cameo (at the age of 45)- with the longest, most gorgeous legs in history. After singing the title song Charisse emerges a second time about 37 minutes into the film (in an important plot point) to perform a stunning dance in a Vegas nightclub to the Vikki Carr song "In Santiago-" then disappears much too quickly. Otherwise, there is a lot of fun with Martin poking fun at his own persona: many songs become sexual double-entendre, an audio cameo by Sinatra is quickly nixed, and so forth.

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