Dutch painter Jan-Van Rooyen hurries to keep a rendezvous with Jacquleine Cousteau, an elegant, sophisticated Frenchwoman, slightly his elder, whose relationship with him had turned from art student into one of love trysts. He arrives and is confronted by Detective Police Inspector Morgan who accuses him of having murdered Jacqueline. Morgan listens skeptically to the dazed denials of Van Rooyen as he tells the story of his relationship with the murdered woman. Morgan, after hearing the story, realizes that the mystery has deepened and it becomes more complicated when the Assistant Commissioner, Sir Brian Lewis, explains that Jacqueline was not married but was being kept by Sir Howard Fenton, a high-ranking diplomat whose name must be kept out of the case.Written by
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When the body of a woman is found, all the evidence points to a crime of passion and to painter "Jan Van Rooyen" (Hardy Kruger) for whom she was modelling. He insists on his innocence to Scotland Yard's finest "Insp. Morgan" (Stanley Baker) who is sceptical, and under some pressure to put the case to bed. What follows has quite a clever plot, with a seemingly straightforward crime carried out by a man who must be guilty... or is it and must he be? Are we even sure who has been murdered? The execution of the story is akin to a jigsaw puzzle - gradually the pieces begin to fit as the policeman and suspect begin to co-operate and realise there is more than meets the eye going on. I reckon this is one of Joseph Losey's better efforts - he elicits a good, charismatic, effort from Kruger, and he almost manages to defrost the ordinarily stiff Baker with a solid screenplay well delivered.
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