Stars: Alex Cord, Shirley Eaton, Laurence Naismith, Oscar Beregi, Lester Matthews.
Director: Richard Thorpe
Producer: Richard Thorpe
First Broadcast: 1967
Story: Competing British intelligence agencies attempt to solve the mystery of a spy's suicide with the help of an American ex policeman who infiltrates an international blackmail ring on their behalf.
A lilting and pastoral main title opens this spy film, indicating the relatively slow pace of the action for most of this TV movie. The majority of cues are extremely long, lasting several minutes each.
Music is gentle and reflective, much of it played by wind ensemble, and neatly mirrors Alex Cord's laid back performance. It is an amazingly polished piece of work throughout, although one of Dave Grusin's initial feature-length movies (released theatrically in the UK and Australia).
The love theme has an appropriately floating quality, and the action sequence at the end was accompanied bysome rather eccentric and definitely interesting music, including a rumbling piano which was to resurface a quarter of a century later in the dynamically threatening motif which gave “The Firm” score so much power.
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