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Chance Meeting (1959)

Blind Date (original title)
In 1950s London, Dutch painter Jan Van Rooyen has an affair with a rich married Frenchwoman who is murdered, resulting in Van Rooyen becoming Scotland Yard's prime suspect.

Director:

Joseph Losey

Writers:

Ben Barzman (screenplay), Millard Lampell (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Hardy Krüger ... Jan Van Rooyen (as Hardy Kruger)
Stanley Baker ... Inspector Morgan
Micheline Presle ... Lady Fenton
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Inspector Westover
Gordon Jackson ... Sergeant
Robert Flemyng ... Sir Brian Lewis
Jack MacGowran ... Postman
Redmond Phillips ... Police Doctor
George Roubicek ... Police Constable
Lee Montague ... Sgt. Farrow
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Storyline

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 Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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She was not the first to fling herself at a man...but no woman ever did it for a stranger reason. See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 April 1960 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP138,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Joseph Losey had wanted Peter O'Toole to play the detective, but the producers were looking for a better known actor, and so they went with Stanley Baker. See more »


Soundtracks

I'm A Lonely Man
(uncredited)
Music by Richard Rodney Bennett
Lyrics by Herbert Kretzmer
Sung by Hardy Krüger
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Disjointed Losey.
7 August 2010 | by sevisanSee all my reviews

The DVD I bought via amazon.uk is "cheap" and has not any kind of subtitles. I read English well, but I don't understand spoken English very fluently. So, I didn't feel very comfortable with this item (or must I put the blame on the film itself?).

Main assets: ChristopherChallis cinematography, Micheline Presle, intelligent use of the sets.

Main weakness: absurd script (Kruger does not recognize the dead woman, his character is sometimes hippie sometimes "macho", the "establishment gentlemen" wear black suit and bowler hat, and Baker has sinusitis).

Definitively, Losey did better than this one.


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