The cultured Sebastian Cabot is spending an afternoon as a guest at a monastery recording some Gregorian chants when a couple of escapees from a jail crash the joint. James Coburn and Nick Adams are the fugitives and Adams shot a cop during the break. That makes them very wanted men.
Adams is a dumb kid with a quick trigger finger, but Coburn is vicious, deadly, and not stupid. He spots Cabot as a phony when he puts on the monk's robes.
Still he doesn't know that he's dealing with a criminal psychologist. And they play a nice cat and mouse game of the mind. As for Adams he's rather easy to work on for Cabot. Mere child's play.
An unusual Checkmate, but a good one.
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