IMDb > The Silencers (1966)
The Silencers
Quicklinks
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
Overview
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guidemessage board
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
Promotional
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Silencers (1966) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 6 | slideshow)

Overview

User Rating:
6.1/10   1,627 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Up 6% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Director:
Writers:
Donald Hamilton (novels)
Oscar Saul (screenplay)
Contact:
View company contact information for The Silencers on IMDbPro.
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:
A reasonably enjoyable spy flick thanks to Martin and Stevens 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)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
102 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (1966) | UK:A | UK:PG (video rating) (1990) | USA:Approved (cut) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The name "Tung-Tze" means "to rule" in Chinese.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the missle control room scenes near the end, Tung-Tze's submachine gun has no magazine in it when he enters the room but a magazine is present in a later shot.See more »
Quotes:
Gail Hendrix:Mr. Helm, now do I look like an enemy agent?
Matt Helm:Well I dunno, I haven't seen the latest models yet.
See more »
Soundtrack:
The SilencersSee more »

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
25 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
A reasonably enjoyable spy flick thanks to Martin and Stevens, 23 March 2002
Author: grstmc

THE SILENCERS was the first in a line of spy films starring the legendary Dean Martin, but it will probably be enjoyed more by fans of old Dino than by fans of the genre. For one thing, there's no way it can be taken seriously as an action-adventure, with all of the star's mugging and leering, his double entendres, and frequent song parodies that come out of nowhere. But neither is it really a comedy, since there is a lot of realistic violence and mayhem.

Rather, it hovers back and forth and in between the two, a world in which Martin is completely at home as the all too casual superspy Matt Helm, agent for ICE (Intelligence and Counter Espionage). You know that he'll meander along in his own inimitable way, boozing, joking, and scoring, until he saves the world at film's end. If you accept that, then you can kick back and enjoy the show for its low-brow humor and the adequate action.

Forget the plot. I'm not sure that I can explain much beyond relating that the evil BIG O (Bureau of International Government and Order) is out to start WWIII between the superpowers. The main bad guys are played by Victor Buono (made up to be Chinese!), Robert Webber, and Arthur O'Connell. Each of them have done far better work elsewhere, and there's nothing in their roles here that couldn't have been handled by a call to central casting.

The ladies are another matter. Helm is joined by a partner, played by Daliah Lavi (in a step down from the previous year's LORD JIM), who tries very hard in her role. Making a better impression are Cyd Charisse and Stella Stevens. Charisse, the only female co-star in Martin's "over forty" age bracket, proves that she's still got it with a libido-raising routine during the credits, and turns up again later as an exotic dancer who passes along some vital microfilm during her act.

Stevens really livens things up, as a redhead who is suspected of being an enemy agent because she's the girlfriend(?) of Webber, and happens to wind up with the microfilm. She's innocent (well, at least of being a spy) but gets dragged along, accompanying Helm on his mission. Later on, her character turns out to be not quite so dumb, and does her part to battle the bad guys and save the world. While Helm is singlehandedly mowing down the enemy, she shows more ingenuity using her favorite new toy, the reverse-firing gun (a clever weapon, as you'll see).

Again, this film will be enjoyed if you know what to expect, and you'll know what to expect if you know Dino, who played Helm the way he played himself. If you're a fan of his well-worn persona, then that's probably good enough. Along with his easygoing style and humor, throw in assorted action sequences, and many beautiful women (especially sexy Stevens, who does a lot with her role), and you've got THE SILENCERS. It succeeds as very passable entertainment, and is certainly the best of the entire Matt Helm series.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (41 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for The Silencers (1966)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
Legs..who is she? c-s-o
Original Austion Powers cosmowarriorzero
car radio question eperez-7
The New Matt Helm? devbinks
How does the movie open? sillycity
Credits for Traynor? rbownds1
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
Murderers' Row The Ambushers The Wrecking Crew Agent Cody Banks I Spy
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.