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The Deadly Affair

The Deadly Affair is based on Call for the Dead by John le Carre. Shrewd and powerful development is given this tale of a British Home Office intelligence officer seeking to unravel the supposed suicide of a high Foreign Office diplomat.

Cast:
James Mason Simone Signoret Maximilian Schell Harriet Andersson Lynn Redgrave Harry Andrews

The Deadly Affair is based on Call for the Dead by John le Carre. Shrewd and powerful development is given this tale of a British Home Office intelligence officer seeking to unravel the supposed suicide of a high Foreign Office diplomat.

Mason is cast as an unromantic civil servant whose official problems are further complicated by his being wed to a compulsively sexual young woman who has many affairs. His is a thorough acting job as he conducts his investigation in which he delivers one of his best performances.

Harry Andrews, as a retired CIP inspector called in to assist the intelligence officer, gives a rugged portrayal of police methods in dealing with criminals, which in this instance is a buildup to learning the identity of a foreign spy responsible for the death of the diplomat.

The Deadly Affair

UK

Production: Columbia/Lumet. Director Sidney Lumet; Producer Sidney Lumet; Screenplay Paul Dehn; Camera Freddie Young; Editor Thelma Connell; Music Quincy Jones; Art Director John Howell

Crew: (Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 107 MIN.

With: James Mason Simone Signoret Maximilian Schell Harriet Andersson Lynn Redgrave Harry Andrews

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