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The Deadly Affair (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 7 April 1967 (UK)
A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writer:

Paul Dehn (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
James Mason ... Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret ... Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell ... Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson ... Ann Dobbs
Harry Andrews ... Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh ... Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear ... Adam Scarr
Max Adrian ... Morton - Adviser (aka Marlene Dietrich)
Lynn Redgrave ... Virgin Bumpus
Robert Flemyng ... Samuel Fennan
Leslie Sands Leslie Sands ... Inspector
Corin Redgrave ... Terry
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Storyline

After Charles Dobbs, a security officer, has a friendly chat with Samuel Fennan from the Foreign Office, the man commits suicide. An anonymous typed letter had been received accusing Fennan of being a Communist during his days at Oxford and their chat while walking in the park was quite amiable. Senior officials want the whole thing swept under the rug and are pleased to leave it as a suicide. Dobbs isn't at all sure as there are a number of anomalies that simply can't be explained away. Dobbs is also having trouble at home with his errant wife, whom he very much loves, having frequent affairs. He's also pleased to see an old friend, Dieter Frey, who he recruited after the war. With the assistance of a colleague and a retired policeman, Dobbs tries to piece together just who is the spy and who in fact assassinated Fennan. Written by garykmcd

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From the author of "The Spy Who Came in from the Cold"


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 April 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John le Carré's The Deadly Affair See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

John le Carré was not wildly impressed by this screen adaptation of his novel: 'It had a cast to dream of: Mason, Maximilian Schell, Simone Signoret, Harry Andrews, Roy Kinnear - not to mention a beautiful young female Scandinavian actor who to my astonishment stripped naked, which in the Swinging Sixties was a kind of necessary dare [i.e. Harriet Andersson]. The sight of her so impressed me that I left the cinema thinking of little else. When I came to my senses, I had an impression of an assembly of nicely shot cameos that didn't quite add up.' See more »

Quotes

Charles Dobbs: How long are you staying?
Dieter Frey: A few days. Business lunches, business dinners... I even have a business breakfast. Who knows? I might actually do some business too.
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Soundtracks

Theme Song
Written by Quincy Jones (uncredited) and Howard Greenfield (uncredited)
Sung by Astrud Gilberto
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Outstanding spy film based on an early Le Carre novel.
7 April 2002 | by magazetteSee all my reviews

This film is very close to Le Carre's "Call For The Dead," a short novel and a great read. George Smiley becomes Cobb in this film version (why?). It is satisfying to read an excellent novel of this genre and see a film which follows it so closely. James Mason is not exactly my idea of George Smiley, and his wife, Ann is certainly not like the image we get in "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy." A sluttish nymphomaniac, yes, but not a nymphet. Maximillian Schell is a great Dieter, and Harry Andrews is perfect as Inspector Mendel. The settings are just right, and there is a rattling good fight to the finish between George and Dieter that is most satisfying. One of the best of the genre. Too bad we can't get it on DVD or VHS. We were lucky to see it on the Turner Classic channel. John W. Hall


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