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How I Spent My Summer Vacation (1967)

A man who completes compiling a dossier on a mysterious billionaire begins to get the feeling that he is becoming the victim of a conspiracy.





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Washington
Ned Pine
Mrs. Pine
Lewis Gannet
Nikki Pine
The Greek
Jewelry Dealer
Ralph Smiley ...
Mr. Amin
Joni Webster ...
Miss Karali
The Interviewer
Asher Dann ...
Spanish Sailor
Peter Camlin ...
Frank Delfino ...
Croupier's Assistant
Francisco Ortega ...
First Spanish Man


American Jack Washington is hiding in Paris under an assumed name. He also sports a beard to hide his facial traits. One day he finds a job ad in the local paper. The agency interviewing him is a front for a secret organization hired to find him. At the job interview, the interviewers guess his real identity and tell him that he is accepted for the post. The job itself is that of a male companion for billionaire Lewis Gannet who lives in a castle in the Alps at the Swiss-Italian border. Jack is taken there by helicopter and is uneasy about his employer's abode which looks like a fortress, complete with armed uniformed guards, guard dogs and hi-tech security. Lewis Gannet recognizes that his new hire is in fact Jack Washington and invites him to a briefing room where he requests that Jack tells him the whole story of how Jack got involved with the family of millionaire Ned Pine. Jack Washington starts reminiscing about how he used to date Nikki Pine, the spoiled daughter of the rich ... Written by nufs68

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Crime and conspiracy on the bikini-splashed Riviera!


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Release Date:

7 January 1967 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Roleta da Morte  »

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1.33 : 1
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Jack Washington: [repeated to self] ... the only thing I was ever better at than anyone else, was holding my breath!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: How I Spent My Strummer Vacation (2002) See more »

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"When they keep changing the rules on you...you don't wanna play the game any more."
7 July 2009 | by (las vegas, nv) – See all my reviews

Robert Wagner is very good portraying directionless young American, living abroad and working as a bartender, who chances to run into Jill St. John, a former girlfriend from college. She invites him to vacation with her family in Monte Carlo, which begins a series of oneupmanship games with Jill's father, a fanatic for competitive sports. Once Wagner realizes the wealthy titan is only vulnerable against one other person, he turns amateur sleuth in the hopes of exposing his host and his weakness. TV-made film with an apparently large budget, imaginative visual tricks and gorgeous locations. Though quite necessarily told in flashback, it is too bad the script and story are so ritzy that they occasionally confound the viewer, with a nervous breakdown/brainwashing midsection which seems an abstraction. Still good, however, and Wagner is more animated than usual (he often looks wounded or confused, which suits his handsome stoicism). Jill St. John is once again a curvy, haughty dish (in a variety of wacky sunglasses) and Peter Lawford is amazingly controlled and enigmatic as Wagner's adversary.

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