Review: ‘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.

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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