The Venetian Affair is a tepid programmer about international espionage in Venice. Pacing is tedious and plotting routine, but the production is enlivened by some actual footage of Venice.
E. Jack Neuman adapted a Helen MacInnes novel into a routine script, dotted generally with prototype spy types. Vaughn, ex-CIAgent now a reporter, is sent to Venice after a diplomatic meeting has been bombed. Ed Asner, CIA boss there, once canned Vaughn because latter’s then wife, Elke Sommer, was a Communist agent. Now she has disappeared.
Pot boils slowly under Thorpe’s casual direction. What was meant as an underplayed approach becomes awkward, meaningless pause, reinforced by dull dialog.