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The File of the Golden Goose (1969)

PG-13 | | Crime, Thriller, Drama | June 1969 (UK)
Policemen Novak & Thompson go undercover to infiltrate a gang of counterfeiters.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Peter Novak
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The Owl
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Arthur Thompson
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Supt. Sloane
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Angela Richmond
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Smythe
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George Leeds
Anthony Jacobs ...
Firenos
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Reynolds
Hugh McDermott ...
Ray Moss
Hilary Heath ...
Ann Marlowe (as Hilary Dwyer)
Ken Jones ...
Stroud
Karel Stepanek ...
Mueller
Bernard Archard ...
Collins
Geoffrey Reed ...
Martin
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Storyline

Policemen Novak & Thompson go undercover to infiltrate a gang of counterfeiters. Standard cross and double-cross crime story with plenty of London location work. Written by Allen Dace <a.w.dace@maff.gov.uk>

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The Golden Goose is a Dirty Bird!

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Crime | Thriller | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, nudity, violence, smoking and some drug material | See all certifications »
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June 1969 (UK)  »

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A internacional do crime  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

The last film of Denis Shaw. See more »

Quotes

Peter Novak: I just hope that stiff upper lip of your's doesn't make you snore.
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Connections

Remake of T-Men (1947) See more »

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Who killed the Golden Goose?
19 November 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

While File of the Golden Goose is not a particularly well made film, it does have it's charms.

This is one of those films one reaches for when you don't really want to watch a movie.

Yul Brynner plays Secret Service Agent Peter Novak, who, after his girlfriend is caught and killed in the crossfire of bullets meant him, vows revenge on the counterfeiting ring responsible for the hit. In London, Novak and married policeman Arthur Thompson go undercover as surviving members of the infamous Golden Goose gang in order to infiltrate the counterfeiting ring.

I've always enjoyed this movie because Yul Brynner appears to be having such fun as he digs deeper and deeper within the gang, intent on getting to the unknown Head Man.

Charles Gray is suitably over the top in his performance as 'The Owl.' The homosexual distribution manager for the gang's counterfeit money.

All in all, it's pretty entertaining. Brynner's terse dialog and intimidation factor work very well.

Production quality is very good, from the opening of a boy and his dog at play on the beach to the finale at the mansion home of the gang's mastermind

My only complaints is the over the top sleaze in some places and the need for perhaps more fluid camera work during action scenes. It's almost like no one knew how to choreograph a film fight. Finally, the resolution of the identity of the 'Head Man' still falls flat, even after 40 years.

Still, this is a fondly remembered film still enjoyed.

But...if the gang had tried to kill Novak at the beginning of the movie, how could he expect to infiltrate them?


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