Upon hearing that Roy Markham's (Ray Milland's) good friend, Jim Donovan, has been shot and killed on the steps of U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Markham and his partner John Riggs (Simon Scott) ...
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Upon hearing that Roy Markham's (Ray Milland's) good friend, Jim Donovan, has been shot and killed on the steps of U.S. Embassy in Cairo, Markham and his partner John Riggs (Simon Scott) fly to Washington to investigate. Markham believes Boris Vascou (Anthony Eustrel), the "Vanishing Assassin," murdered his friend over information Donovan planned to share with the U.S. government about the country where he had been working as an oil engineer: "Kaleda," a small, oil-rich kingdom on the Persian Gulf. Its ruler, Prince Hassan III, is due to arrive in Washington shortly on a diplomatic visit. After crashing the right cocktail party, Roy meets the Prince's emissary, Ramik Sarid (Arnold Moss), and deduces that an assassination is in the works. He guesses it will take place at a riverside home where a beautiful French actress named Renee Compante (Jacqueline Beer) awaits the Prince. With the help of a friendly socialite boater, Diana Rogers (Betsy Jones-Moreland), Markham, Riggs and Sarid ... Written by
***SPOILERS***Private investigator Roy Markham, Ray Malland, gets himself involved in preventing the assassination of the oil rich Kaleda's Prince Hassen who's not going along with the USSR policies-in favor of the USA- has put his life in danger. With the hired big time assassin Boris Vascou, Anthony Eustrel, out to knock him off it's up to Markham to prevent that from happening. Not in order just to save Prince Hassen III's life but to avenge his good friend Jim Donovan whom Vascou has murdered back in NYC who at the time was Prince Hassen iii's personal bodyguard.
With the hit planned to take place at LAX as the Prince left his government plane for a state visit with the then President Eisenhower Markham gets very friendly with French actress Renee Campante.Jaqueline Beer, who's to accompany and show the prince around in the city and introduce, at Disneyland,him to stars like Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, his favorite actor, among others that he's a big fan of.
***SPOILERS**** It's Markham who later gets the jump, by jumping in the river away from his goons,on Vascou and after swimming back on the good ship "Diana" named after its owner Diana Rogers,Besty Jones-Moreland, catches Vascou flat footed and blasts him straight into L.A Bay. Now with Prince Hassen III's life no longer in danger and the the murder of his friend Jim Donovan avenged Roy Markham can go back to work to do what he loves best sitting back and reading the funny papers at home while guzzling down a bottle of Scotch while puffing on a joint to relax.
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