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December 1968 (USA) See more »
A private eye is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate suspected of deliberately sinking his own ships for the insurance money. He finds himself involved in a web of deception, double-crossing and murder. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Patrick O'Neal ... Richard Cutting

Joan Hackett ... Dominique Laurant

John Gielgud ... Curt Valayan

Herbert Lom ... Matt Wilson
Eric Portman ... Notary

Peter van Eyck ... Walter Green
Oskar Homolka ... Inspector Ruff
Leon Greene ... The Big Man
Kent Smith ... Mr. Eversley

Philip Ober ... Bohlen
Fifi D'Orsay ... Mrs. Hennie
Éva Szörényi ... Landlady (as Eva Soreny)
Cynthia O'Neal ... Felice Valayan (as Cynthia Baxter)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Betty Bresler ... Secretary (uncredited)
Karl Bruck ... Waiter (uncredited)
Albert D'Arno ... Waiter (uncredited)
Walter Friedel ... Secretary (uncredited)
Walter Janovitz ... Waiter (uncredited)
Joanne Ludden ... Receptionist (uncredited)
Martin Miller ... Police Chief (uncredited)

Paula Prentiss ... Hotel Party Girl in Red Dress (uncredited)
Charles H. Radilak ... Manager (uncredited)
Erik Sorenson ... Bellboy (uncredited)

Directed by
Sheldon Reynolds 
Writing credits
Sheldon Reynolds (written by)

Produced by
William Conrad .... executive producer
Jimmy Lydon .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
William Lava 
Cinematography by
Enzo Barboni 
Harold Lipstein 
Film Editing by
George R. Rohrs  (as George Rohrs)
Art Direction by
John Beckman 
Set Decoration by
George James Hopkins 
Makeup Department
Gordon Bau .... makeup supervisor
Jean Burt Reilly .... supervising hair stylist
Production Management
Charles Bonniwell .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Gil Kissel .... assistant director
Sound Department
Stanley Jones .... sound
Fred Carson .... stunts
Richard Farnsworth .... stunts
Music Department
Dan Wallin .... score mixer
Other crew
Doris DeHerdt .... script supervisor
Crayton Smith .... script supervisor trainee (uncredited)

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102 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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WILHELM SCREAM: When the hitman falls over the balcony at the end of a fight with the detective.See more »
Richard Cutting:Mr. Eversley, please.
secretary:Do you have an appointment?
Richard Cutting:Yes.
secretary:Who shall I say is calling?
Richard Cutting:His 11 o'clock appointment.
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lost the thread of this one, 20 March 2015
Author: blanche-2 from United States

"Assignment to Kill" from 1968 is one of those foreign espionage films that flourished in the '60s, complete with that jazzy, screechy music that seemed to be in every film. Never my favorite.

The cast here includes Patrick O'Neal, Joan Hackett, Herbert Lom, and John Gielgud, and Oscar Homolka.

O'Neal plays a private investigator who is hired by an insurance company to investigate a shipping magnate who seems to be sinking his own ships for insurance money.

It turns out to be more complicated than that, but I'm afraid this film moved so slowly that I lost the thread of the plot and started daydreaming. I always liked O'Neal, Hackett, Lom, and of course, Gielgud, but this script didn't serve them well. The underplaying O'Neal was solid, and as Dominique, I suspect the lovely Hackett was slightly miscast as well as wasted. Both Hackett and O'Neal sadly died young, Hackett of ovarian cancer.

Beautiful scenery, but even with that and a good cast, "Assignment to Kill" is pretty lackluster.

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