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Masquerade (1965)

The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Victor Canning (novel), Michael Relph (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Cliff Robertson ... David Frazer
Jack Hawkins ... Colonel Drexel
Marisa Mell ... Sophie
Michel Piccoli ... George Sarrassin
Bill Fraser Bill Fraser ... Dunwoody
Charles Gray ... Benson
John Le Mesurier ... Sir Robert
Felix Aylmer ... Henrickson
Ernest Clark ... Minister
Tutte Lemkow ... Paviot
Keith Pyott ... Gustave
Jose Burgos Jose Burgos ... El Mono
Christopher Witty Christopher Witty ... Prince Jamil
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Storyline

The British send an American and a war hero to kidnap and hide an oil-country prince.

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Taglines:

PLEASE DON'T REVEAL WHO DOES WHAT TO WHO IN "MASQUERADE" (original print ad - all caps) See more »


Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 August 1965 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A Shabby Tiger See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Michael Relph Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

A scene filmed at London Airport had such alot of background noise that Ernest Clark's dialogue had to be dubbed at the studio but the films director wasn't around so it was attended to by a sound engineer but the director wasn't satisfied with it and with Ernest then not around it was done by someone else. See more »

Soundtracks

Masquerade
Music by Philip Green (uncredited)
Lyrics by Norman Newell
Sung by Danny Williams
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"Life Is A Masquerade, In Which A Hundred Different Parts Are Played. You Play The Hero Or A Fool, There Is No Golden Rule, It's Just A Masquerade..."
23 June 2009 | by morpheusatloppersSee all my reviews

I love this film. It was sold as yet another Bond-spoof (like Bond NEEDED spoofing) but was so much more.

In addition to more location work than was usual at the time, it boasted a roster of stars that was incredible.

Cliff Robertson was young then and had STYLE, Marisa Mell was all leggy and gorgeous, Jack Hawkins was in his element, Michel Piccoli was bizarrely menacing, Bill Fraser was normally associated with British sitcoms, but excelled here in a dramatic role. Then you had British stalwarts Charles Gray, John Le Mesurier, Felix Aylmer and Ernest Clark, all topped off with Tutte Lemkow.

Philip Green's music was fantastic and Basil Dearden's direction quirky and atmospheric.

The film takes a whole reel to lift off, but when it does, it's a classic.

But since seeing it at the cinema and couple of times on the telly in the Seventies, this minor epic has VANISHED. And to add salt to the wound, there are other, LESSER films with the same title (which is annoying if your satellite listings magazine only lists films' TITLES).

So where the hell IS IT??? I can find no trace of a DVD - or even a VHS. There is scant mention of it anywhere and even THIS esteemed service has little additional info.

Is it a "lost film"? Anyone?


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