Review: ‘The Venetian Affair’

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.

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.

The Venetian Affair

Production

M-G-M. Director Jerry Thorpe; Producer Jerry Thorpe, E. Jack Neuman; Screenplay E. Jack Neuman; Camera Milton Krasner, Enzo Serafin; Editor Henry Berman; Music Lalo Schifrin; Art Director George W. Davis, Leroy Coleman

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1967. Running time: 92 MIN.

With

Robert Vaughn Elke Sommer Felicia Farr Karl Boehm Ed Asner Boris Karloff
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