Review: ‘Catch Me a Spy’

Catch Me a Spy is a straight-forward spy thriller. Gimmicks are out but the whole has been put over with tongue nicely in cheek and an impish sense of humor. The cast play their parts for all they are worth.

Catch Me a Spy is a straight-forward spy thriller. Gimmicks are out but the whole has been put over with tongue nicely in cheek and an impish sense of humor. The cast play their parts for all they are worth.

Kirk Douglas, a smuggler of literary works from Iron Curtain countries, is mistaken for a spy and gets involved in devious situations. Most are provided by Marlene Jobert who resides with a rakish British cabinet minister (Trevor Howard) and is games mistress at a boys’ school. Tom Courtenay is the counter-espionage officer who is helplessly inept.

It is all highly improbable and involved but thanks to lively performances and Dick Clement’s sharp direction, interest is continually held. The whole is climaxed with an exciting speedboat chase.

Catch Me a Spy

UK - France

Production

Ludgate/Pleiade/Capitole. Director Dick Clement; Producer Steven Pallos, Pierre Braunberger; Screenplay Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais; Camera Christopher Challis; Editor John Bloom; Music Claude Bolling;; Art Director Carmen Dillon

Crew

(Color) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1971. Running time: 94 MIN.

With

Kirk Douglas Marlene Jobert Trevor Howard Tom Courtenay Patrick Mower Bernadette Lafont
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