Dr. Bartholomew Snow, a psychiatrist, is treating a man with emotional problems who, it turns out, is a brilliant scientist being pursued by different international powers and their operatives. Snow soon finds himself caught in the middle and out of desperation, he falls in with a mysterious and beautiful woman named Vicky Vincenti. But is she helping him, or is she yet another sinister figure out to manipulate him?Written by
After being kidnapped and blindfolded, Rock Hudson (I) is driven past a lake with a gaggle of geese nearby. He later thinks this was the sound of the guests at a cocktail party--until he retraces his route and discovers the actual source of the sounds. This idea was borrowed by the producers of Sneakers (1992) when Robert Redford (I) is kidnapped, blindfolded and also thinks the sound of the geese he passed while blindfolded were people at a cocktail party. See more »
Vicky drives the van into a lake thinking it's not deep, she steps out and is up to her neck in water. Bartholomew jumps out and the water is up to his armpits. Seeing a boy approaching he scrambles up the bank and runs to the boy but now only his sleeves and chest look wet. Vicky comes up behind him and there's no water dripping off her. After speaking to the boy they turn and run past the camera and you can see that they're now both dry. See more »
Dr. Bartholomew Snow:
[With maudlin music in the background]
Miss Smith - just because I have suffered several disappointments, you seem to be under the impression that I am intolerably shallow. On the contrary, it is precisely the warmth of my emotions that causes all these... difficulties. Mine's a... tender spirit... eager for love... . easily wounded.
[Who has been working on records, without looking up from her desk]
Yes, doctor. Just don't bleed on the rug.
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This is a pleasant mystery thriller with some light comedic moments and as such is typical of a lot of movies made in the same period of the middle to late sixties, most with one word titles such as this one has. Partly inspired by the popularity of the stylish "Charade" of a few years earlier, and more obviously influenced by Hitchcock, this is a mixed group of films with often middle aged or lesser known actors in the lead. This one has a biggie: Rock Hudson. He plays a psychiatrist with the wonderfully slick, Hollywoodish name of Bartholomew Snow, who gets in trouble up to his ears and, more to the point, eyeballs, when one of his patients turns out to be a prominent scientist who's being trailed some rather unsavory characters.
Hudson's ably supported by the luscious Claudia Cardinale, and the two make a very attractive couple. Also good is the late Jack Warden in a key role, and Guy Stockwell as a man who stutters. There's really no need to go much further into the plot except to say if one is in the mood for stylish, anodyne entertainment, this is a good one to catch. It has good credentials, too: directed by Philip Dunne, from a Lucille Fletcher story, photographed by the legendary Joe MacDonald. Though not on the Hitchcock level, the movie exudes class. While I wouldn't call this a brilliant film, it never insult the viewer's intelligence.
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