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The Deadly Affair (1967)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 9 April 1967 (UK)
A British agent sets out to uncover the hidden facts behind a British government employee's suicide.

Director:

Sidney Lumet

Writers:

John le Carré (novel), 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"


Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 April 1967 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

John le Carré's The Deadly Affair See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The film's source novel 'Call for the Dead' was first adapted for radio as a BBC Radio 4 drama in 1978. See more »

Quotes

Bill Appleby: Are you suggesting that Elsa might have connived in her husband's murder? That's rather a ghoulish thought, Charley.
Charles Dobbs: She's had a rather ghoulish life.
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Referenced in By Sidney Lumet (2015) See more »

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Who Needs Forever
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Written by Quincy Jones
Sung by Astrud Gilberto
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Psychological spy thriller; a 'must see' for James Mason fans
25 July 2002 | by pbootsSee all my reviews

Glum London backdrops and washed-out color match British secret agent Charles Dobbs' (James Mason) despair at the infidelity of his nymphomaniac wife, and the possible murder of a likable and idealistic Foreign Office civil servant.

Slightly dated yet still exciting cold war spy thriller combines the talents of James Mason, Sidney Lumet, and a fine supporting cast, though John LeCarre might wonder what happened to the novel the movie is based on.

There isn't a hint of 'Swinging London'; the relationships and a gay subtext, played out on several levels, are handled maturely and without an invitation to snicker.


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