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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:
A 1966 teen aged boy's dream 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
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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: One of the guards is shot, and we see the exit wound on his back. But when he turns toward the camera, before falling, he shows that there is no corresponding entrance wound.See more »
Quotes:
Gail Hendrix:Eddie, fix me a Bloody Mary. With real blood.See more »
Soundtrack:
Everybody Loves SomebodySee more »

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15 out of 30 people found the following review useful.
A 1966 teen aged boy's dream, 14 May 2006
Author: mahatmarandy from Newport Nohwere, Florida

The Matt Helm movies were in fairly steady rotation on the local UHF channel in my town in the 70s. I watched them quite a bit as a kid, when I was little because they involved gadgets and explosion,and when I was a slightly older kid because they involved gadgets and explosions and literally acres of almost-naked gorgeous women. Needless to say, this movie was a pretty big hit in 1966 when it was first released, however it trades pretty much entirely on the desire of teen aged boys to see as many nearly-naked women as possible. This was back in the days before VCRs and DVDs and Cable TV made smut into a major industry, and when it was presumably much harder to get a copy of Playboy if you were a kid, so the appeal was not to be understated.

Alas, on this end of the 20th century, where you literally can't check your Email w/out someone offering you pictures of naked women, that aspect of the film has lost some of it's allure. The movie is something like a late night soft-core Cinemax film, only without the actual nudity. (Well, actually, there's plenty of nudity, most of which is conveniently obscured by a chair back, or a coffee cup or whatever) The plot is, well, mostly incoherent, and functions mainly as a means of getting Helm from one sexual situation to another. If the Bond formula is "Kiss Kiss Bang Bang" then the Matt Helm formula is 3-parts Kiss Kiss to one quarter cup of Bang, so it actually gets rather tedious.

The direction is pretty much atrocious, and that adds to the proto-soft-core feel of the film. Production values are on the whole about equal to the level of a good Irwin Allen TV show, and the gadgets are pretty lame, even by the standards of the day, and there is frankly just too much sex. I don't mean that to sound prudish, but come on! That's why Playboy pads out each issue with articles about Peruvian oil wells, it can't *All* be about the T&A. Ideally, a spy parody like this should be something like an Oreo cookie, where the sweet, creamy middle of Stella Stevens (Pretty amazing as a redhead, BTW) is sandwiched in between the chocolate cookies of good storytelling and an interesting plot. Instead, this film plays out like you've scraped the filling off of three or four Double Stuffs, and piled it all on an Andes Candy, so that in the end all you've got is a big pile of sweetened lard and, well, it never ends up tasting as good as you thought it would when you started slapping it all together.

Other Caveats: The brilliant Victor Buono is horribly underused in this film playing a character that *might* possibly be Chinese, but more likely simply *wants* to be Chinese. Or he might simply be an overweight female impersonator with a particularly unfortunate fashion sense. Another odd feature is that the movie is at it's worst when Dino actually acts. Most of the time he sleepwalks through the film in his trademark personality, seeming slightly buzzed, but at random intervals he'll actually act and emote in a scene ("Did you think you bought me off last night?") and then suddenly you remember that Dino was one half of the second-most-successful comedy team of all time, and actually a pretty talented actor on occasion. Those glimmers pull you out of the films sugar shock, and, well, it's distracting. The film was apparently running rather short, so they decided to pad it out with a lengthy and pathologically un-funny scene where we spend about ten minutes watching Stella Stevens attempt to get out of a station wagon in the rain and repeatedly fall in the mud. It's painful to watch, and I can't believe they didn't cut it out. Horrible.

On the bright side, Stella is amazing looking, and not at all shy about it. Indeed, all the women in the film have that inexplicable mid-60s va-va-voom quality, but the most striking of them is the 45-year-old Cyd Charise who is just jaw-droppingly sexy in her two brief appearances in the film. And as ever, it's impossible not to like Dino.

Two notes for the DVD version of this film: If you saw this show on UHF back in the day, the uncut DVD version is...well, surprisingly lurid. There's nothing on here that wouldn't get past a network censor in 2006, but even so the tone of it is kind of aggressively pornographic, so keep that in mind before you screen it for the youth group on Wednesday night at church. Also, stick around through the end credits! There's a teaser for the next film in the series that features an almost-blooper by Martin, who's clearly thinking "What in the hell am I doing?" that makes the preceding 90 minutes of cheeze whiz all the more worthwhile.

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