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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:
Dean Martin as a secret agent? 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)
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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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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:
In the scene where Matt Helm (Dean Martin) is checking into the Phoenix Hotel and Andreyev (Roger C. Carmel) is lurking in the foreground, the hotel newsstand is immediately behind him. The newsstand shelf is lined with books from Donald Hamilton's Matt Helm series, on which the movie is based.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: Lovey is seen to be wearing a bra after she has supposedly climbed naked from the bath, been dried and then had a bathrobe placed on her.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.
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Soundtrack:
Anniversary SongSee more »

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19 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Dean Martin as a secret agent?, 28 September 2003
Author: grendelkhan from Xanadu

Yep, that's the premise, and the beginning to the silliest spy series, before a certain dentally-challenged International Man of Mystery arrived.

Dean Martin starred as Matt Helm, the lead character in a series of novels by Donald Hamilton. The books were serious spy adventures; but, there is nothing serious about the film series. Dean plays it tongue-in-cheek, often making fun of his own image and rivalry with fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra. The films are filled with strange characters and silly gadgets.

Martin has fun with the role and keeps the film rolling along, but Stella Stevens makes it memorable. She is sexy as hell, but is such a lovable klutz that she dominates every scene. Victor Buono gets to chew the most scenery this side of his Batman appearances.

The gadgets make James Bond look like a documentary: a gun that shoots backward unless the trigger is pushed, exploding buttons, a station wagon with a fold down bed and bar, and Helm's many household appliances.

These films were anything but serious, but this one is very entertaining. The films tended to get worse with each new entry, but most of the elements work well here. If you are looking for serious spy cinema, try 007 or Harry Palmer. If you want some goofy fun, try this.

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