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Intent to Kill (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | February 1959 (USA)
A British doctor working in a Canadian hospital, has to assist in a delicate brain operation on a South American President, who is in hiding from a gang of assassins.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

Jimmy Sangster (screenplay), Brian Moore (based on the novel "Intent To Kill" by) (as Michael Bryan)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Bob McLaurin
Betsy Drake ... Nancy Ferguson
Herbert Lom ... Juan Menda
Warren Stevens ... Finch
Carlo Giustini Carlo Giustini ... Francisco Flores (as Carlo Justini)
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... O'Brien
Alexander Knox ... Dr. McNeill
Lisa Gastoni ... Carla Menda
Peter Arne ... Kral
Katie Boyle ... Margaret McLaurin (as Catherine Boyle)
John Crawford ... Boyd
John McLaren John McLaren ... Anaesthetist
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Carol's Friend
Jackie Collins ... Carol Freeman
Maggie Rennie Maggie Rennie ... Night Nurse (as Maggie McGrath)
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Storyline

As British Dr. Bob McLaurin prepares for a dangerous surgical procedure on South American leader Juan Menda in Montreal, the doctor's wife reveals her plan to blackmail McLaurin if he refuses her demand to take a job in England. Hating the provincial life in Canada, she is willing to destroy the career of her husband and his beautiful colleague Dr. Nancy Ferguson if that's what it takes to get back home. Meantime, a trio of assassins stalks the hospital with deadly plans for the high-profile patient. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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If the operation didn't kill him ... their bullets would !

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Intent to Kill See more »

Filming Locations:

Montréal, Québec, Canada

Company Credits

Production Co:

Zonic Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

4-Track Stereo (RCA Sound Recording) (uncredited)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Directorial debut of cinematographer Jack Cardiff. See more »

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This film is made under licence from Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation - the registered Proprietor of the Trademark - Cinemascope See more »

Connections

References Rodan (1956) See more »

Soundtracks

Blues
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Music by Derek New
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A neat little Canadian thriller...
18 January 2017 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Intent to Kill" is a really good suspense film which was made in Canada and has a very international cast. It is set at a hospital and a South American president (Herbert Lom) is scheduled to have some delicate brain surgery. However, somebody wants him dead and they've recruited a group of gangsters to make sure he doesn't leave the hospital alive. They make one attempt...and end up killing the wrong patient! But they are a very persistent and bloodthirsty lot and they won't stop until he's dead or they're all dead instead.

The film works well because the writing was excellent and the director did a nice job of keeping the tension mounting. The ending, in particular, was very exciting and well worth the wait.


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