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I well remember David McCallum from his Man from U.N.C.L.E. days, enjoy him now on NCIS, and saw him on stage as Emperor Josef in Amadeus on Broadway. At that time I interviewed him. I have never met anyone less like a matinée idol in my life: unassuming, detached, nervous, but very polite and obviously hard-working. Only those my age would know that in the '60s, with his cute blond haircut, adorable face, and accent, he was the object of so much affection.
Here he stars in Sol Madrid, probably MGM's attempt to capitalize on his matinée idol status. He plays undercover agent Sol Madrid who is assigned to destroy drug traffic coming from Mexico, engineered by a man named Dietrich (Telly Savalas) and distributed by a man named Villanova (Rip Torn).
With the help of a U.S. officer working undercover in Mexico, Jalisco (Ricardo Montalban), Madrid uses Villanova's ex-girlfriend (Stella Stevens) to get into Dietrich's home, where he poses as a drug dealer looking for a huge amount of heroin.
This is not a very interesting script, but the Acapulco locations are beautiful, and it's a last chance to see the wonderful Paul Lukas -- this was his final film. Savalas has a showy part and acquits himself well. Rip Torn is appropriately evil, and Montalban very good. McCallum doesn't exhibit much in the way of personality; he underplays, but the character he portrays is clever and can get a job done with a sort of quiet authority, and when he needed to be more demanding, he was. So in spite of some criticism of his performance here, I think his instincts were right. Stella Stevens was a good choice for Villanova's girlfriend
tough and edgy.
Not great, but not bad.
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