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The Trygon Factor (1966)

M | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | May 1967 (UK)
Scotland Yard Superintendent Cooper-Smith investigates the suspicious looking Emberday estate where the Emberday family and an order of nuns reside.

Director:

Cyril Frankel

Writers:

Derry Quinn (screenplay), Stanley Munro (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Stewart Granger ... Supt. Cooper-Smith
Susan Hampshire ... Trudy Emberday
Cathleen Nesbitt ... Livia Emberday
James Culliford James Culliford ... Luke Emberday
Brigitte Horney ... Sister General
Robert Morley ... Hubert Hamlyn
Sophie Hardy ... Sophie
Colin Gordon ... Dice
Eddi Arent ... Emil Clossen
Diane Clare ... Sister Clare
Allan Cuthbertson ... Det. Thompson
Caroline Blakiston ... White Nun
Richardina Jackson Richardina Jackson ... Black Nun
Yuri Borienko Yuri Borienko ... Nailer
Conrad Monk Conrad Monk ... Pasco
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A Scotland Yard detective is investigating a string of robberies and a murder, and the information he uncovers leads him to the estate of a wealthy but strange English family, who share their mansion with a group of nuns. The detective comes to suspect that neither the family nor the nuns is quite what they seem to be. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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When you see this sign - RUN...RUN...RUN for your life!

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK | West Germany

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A fehér apácák titka See more »

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Budget:

DEM 4,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In the early days of production, Alvin Rakoff was originally set to direct. See more »

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Supt. Cooper-Smith: There used to be a day when an English bobby could walk up to a tearaway or a murderer, tap him on the shoulder and say, "Are you coming along quietly?" and away they went and now they shoot him in the gut and yet I'm supposed to invent an excuse to go to that convent because they've done it and I know it and I'm going up there!
Dice: I'll come with you, sir.
Supt. Cooper-Smith: No, you won't. You've got your job to think about - I've got a rich aunt.
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Referenced in Lukas: Mann und Maus (1998) See more »

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Wacky addition to the krimi cycle
31 October 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE TRYGON FACTOR is an odd little addition to the German cycle of krimi movies, aka Edgar Wallace adaptations, that were made throughout the 1960s. This one is more of a UK production although it's still listed as a UK-West German collaboration. Certainly the setting and cast are all British so this feels like a low budget British thriller and despite the odd appearance of a black-clad murderer in a creepy mask it doesn't really feel like a Wallace movie at all.

In fact, I'm not really sure what it does feel like. THE TRYGON FACTOR is a film with a bit of everything including a surprisingly lightness of touch that makes it feel like a comedy in places. In essence a cast of British notables go through their paces in a wacky story about the mysterious goings-on at a nunnery, of all places. An aristocratic family are implicated in a recent crime spree so a Scotland Yard detective is sent to investigate.

This low budget movie is directed by Cyril Frankel, who had recently made NEVER TAKE SWEETS FROM A STRANGER and THE WITCHES for Hammer. It's better than THE WITCHES, I'll give it that. Stewart Granger headlines the cast and does his best Cary Grant impersonation. Allan Cuthbertson is present in the arresting opening sequence as an investigating detective. Hammer starlet Diane Clare (PLAGUE OF THE ZOMBIES) is also around as a nun on the run, quite literally. The likes of Susan Hampshire, James Robertson Justice, and Robert Morley all play sinister suspects. Russian hardman Yuri Borienko (ON HER MAJESTY'S SECRET SERVICE) has a fine if clichéd part as a tough henchman and there's a great fight scene involving his character. At times THE TRYGON FACTOR feels like a random sequence of outlandish moments strung together by the barest of plots, but it's quite watchable and the ending is a memorable one.


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