Assignment to Kill

1968

Sheldon Reynolds
Director
Warner Brothers
Studio

Interesting little B-movie with laconic O'Neal an insurance investigator out to find why a wealthy shipping magnate is sinking his own vessels. Witty and literate, with some things to say about corporate power which are even more relevant today than when it was made. Makes a tonal shift from lighthearted spy stuff to serious revenge in the final reel; unfortunately that plot point is betrayed by the ridiculously revealing film poster. The murders show a definite Bava/giallo influence, somewhat surprising to see in an American film of this vintage.

Note: IMDb says Cynthia Baxter's character is "Felice Valayan," but Gielgud introduces her as "Cynthia."

-Dave W.



1st December 1968
Cinema



102 mins





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Patrick O'Neal
Richard Cutting
Joan Hackett
Dominique Laurant
John Gielgud
Curt Valayan
Herbert Lom
Matt Wilson
Eric Portman
Notary
Peter van Eyck
Walter Green
Oskar Homolka
Inspector Ruff
Leon Greene
The Big Man
Kent Smith
Mr. Eversley
Philip Ober
Peter Bohlen
Fifi D'Orsay
Green's Landlady
(Mrs. Hennie)
Éva Szörényi
Dominique's Landlady
(as Eva Soreny)
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Receptionist
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Eversley's Secretary
Unknown 946-03
Skier
Unknown 946-05
Man Briefing Wilson
Martin Miller
Kantonpolizei
(uncredited)
Unknown 946-06
Taxi Driver
Unknown 946-07
Night Clerk
Unknown 946-08
Henchman
Unknown 946-09
Room Service Waiter
Philo Hauser
Desk Clerk
(uncredited)
Karl Bruck
Valayan's Butler
(uncredited)
Cynthia Baxter
Cynthia Valayan
(uncredited)
Unknown 946-11
Hotel Manager
Unknown 946-12
Party Girl

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