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The Deadly Game (1954)

Third Party Risk (original title)
Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | January 1955 (USA)
An American on vacation in Spain gets mixed up with a smuggling ring.

Director:

Daniel Birt

Writers:

Nicolas Bentley (novel), Daniel Birt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Complete credited cast:
Lloyd Bridges ... Philip Graham
Finlay Currie ... Mr. Darius
Maureen Swanson ... Marina
Simone Silva Simone Silva ... Mitzi Molnaur
Ferdy Mayne ... Maxwell Carey
Peter Dyneley ... Tony Roscoe
George Woodbridge ... Inspector Goldfinch
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Dr. Zeissman, The Scientist
Roger Delgado ... Detective Gonzales
Seymour Green Seymour Green ... Rope-Soles
Mary Parker Mary Parker ... Nancy
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When songwriter Phil Graham is vacationing at a Spanish resort, he runs into old RAF comrade Tony Roscoe, whom he has not seen since the war. Tony is suddenly called back to Britain on emergency business and is not able to drive back to London. Phil volunteers to drive his car back for him and to bring a valuable envelope that Tony has left locked in the hotel safe. After saying goodbye to his old flying buddy, Phil is mugged by thugs while driving Tony's car. Another hotel guest, the enigmatic Mr. Darius, as well as a local police inspector, tell Phil that his old friend has become involved in criminal enterprises since his discharge. When Phil finds him murdered upon returning to Britain, he finds himself in possession of an envelope filled with mysterious microfilm that everyone seems to want. Written by Gabe Taverney (duke1029@aol.com)

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Genres:

Crime | Drama

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The Scientist: [after Phil takes the microfilm out of the scientist's raincoat] But good gracious, do you mean to say that's been in my pocket all that time? Why give it to me yesterday and take it back today?
Philip Graham: Cause I felt sorry for you. You seemed to be in a tight spot.
The Scientist: Why don't you let me have it today?
Philip Graham: Because I'm in a tight spot now. I think the police suspect that I killed Tony Roscoe.
The Scientist: But what use are the microfilms to you?
Philip Graham: Gonna use them as bait. Maybe I can catch the fellow that's behind all this.
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Deadly Boring
30 May 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Lloyd Bridges is touring in Spain, trying to get over the death of his wife. He runs into Peter Dynely, a war buddy from the RAF. They have a few drinks in between Dynely's unspecified business meetings, Dynely introduces Bridges to some friends, including Finlay Currie and Maureen Swanson, and lends him his car to drive back to London. Then he disappears. Bridges tries to interest the authorities, but they hint at something dark.

I enjoy movies that take their time getting to shooting match, but there needs to be a sense of progress, either towards chaos or a solution... or at least some diverting incidents or scenery. This movie doesn't work out that way. It's 63 minutes in length, and it isn't until more than halfway through that Dynely's disappearance is established, and then another 25 before anything significant happens. While there's some good scenery, including Miss Swanson, Spain consists of Bray Studios with a couple of medium long shots from the library. It's another unfortunately underwritten movie with a director -- Daniel Birt -- who seems unable to come up with ways of making the time pass more interestingly.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

January 1955 (USA) See more »

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