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Vic Morrow is being pressured for counterfeit plates he doesn't have
"Target:Harry" is a nicely-done crime story. I'm becoming a Roger Corman fan. His films, the ones I've seen, have good suspense and intelligence behind them. This one has Morrow deliver some final lines that go right back to "The Maltese Falcon". The story parallels the latter in some respects.
Vic Morrow does a great job here as a tough pilot. He flies Stanley Holloway from Monaco to Istanbul in a seaplane. Holloway is shot and killed. He was supposed to deliver a set of counterfeit plates to Victor Buono. When he failed, Buono sets upon Morrow, who knows nothing about it. Cop Caesar Romero in Monaco also pressures Morrow. Buono has a competitor in Suzanne Pleshette, and she uses her feminine wiles on Morrow. Morrow keeps telling everyone he knows nothing about the plates but they keep at him. Buono has a very scary looking Turkish wrestler who would persuade anyone to talk. Holloway has a daughter (Charlotte Rampling) in Monaco and she becomes another lead.
Morrow knows he's in the middle of crooks and cops, and he's trying to find out what happened to the plates that Holloway was supposed to have been carrying. It's his show, and he's in the thick of it like Bogart with the Maltese falcon. If Buono is Greenstreet, then Pleshette is Mary Astor. The plates are the falcon. Buono is assisted by Michael Ansara. He's not exactly what he seems, anymore than Peter Lorre was.
We get an excellently-filmed foot chase sequence through the narrow street vending area of Istanbul. We get a nicely filmed chase sequence in the ruins of a temple on a Greek island. The acting is first rate throughout. The music highlights the suspense. This is quite a good film, done in the older ways in which such films were done in the 60s and 70s. And those ways were good ways in the hands of professionals of the time. They were lively and straightforward.
Morrow has star billing and a really substantial role. His fans won't want to miss this entry.
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