The Deadly Affair

1966

Sidney Lumet
Director
Columbia Pictures
US Distributor

Fine adaptation of le Carré's first novel, with Mason as ersatz Smiley, Charlie Dobbs (le Carré had sold the rights to the name with the rights to The Spy Who Came In From the Cold). Andersson is badly miscast, and the subplot with her character is a rather unnecessary addition to the script, but the rest of the reliable cast is fine, and the climax at an apt performance of Marlowe's nasty Edward II is quite good.

Freddie Young's cinematography, his first experiment with the muted colour palette that would prove to be so influential, along with Quincy Jones' soundtrack, set the perfect tone for Paul Dehn's somberly witty script. Overshadowed by its more well-known predecessor, the aforementioned The Spy Who Came In From the Cold, but highly recommended.

Note: Andersson is obviously dubbed; unsure who, possibly Nikki van der Zyl?

Thanks to Philly for all his help once again!!

-Dave W.


Call for the Dead
by
John Le Carré
(Gollancz)
1961
Novel






1st October 1966
Cinema



115 mins
1.85:1


26th January 1967
Cinema

Not Rated

107 mins
1.85:1



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James Mason
Charles 'Charlie' Dobbs
James Mason
Charles 'Charlie' Dobbs
Maximilian Schell
Dieter Frey
Maximilian Schell
Dieter Frey
Harriet Andersson
Ann Dobbs
Harriet Andersson
Ann Dobbs
Harry Andrews
Inspector Mendel
Harry Andrews
Inspector Mendel
Simone Signoret
Elsa Fennan
Simone Signoret
Elsa Fennan
Kenneth Haigh
Bill Appleby
Kenneth Haigh
Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear
Adam Scarr
Roy Kinnear
Adam Scarr
Lynn Redgrave
'Virgin' Bumpus
Max Adrian
Morton, the Advisor
(aka 'Marlene Dietrich')
Robert Flemyng
Samuel Fennan
Leslie Sands
Inspector
Corin Redgrave
Terry
Victor Brooks
Cabbie
Colin McKenzie
Policeman Slapping Drunk
Tom Bowman
Police Sergeant
Margaret Lacey
Mrs. Bird
Sheraton Blount
Eunice Scarr
Unknown 4581
Pub Patron
Unknown 4581
Pub Patron
Maria Charles
Pub Blonde
Amanda Walker
Pub Brunette
Denis Shaw
Wilf, Publican
Les White
Karl Harek / "Blondie"
Unknown 4581
Bum
Unknown 4581
Ambulance Attendant
Unknown 4581
Ambulance Attendant
Unknown Male 131
Pub Patron
Ken Lewington
Pub Patron
Unknown 4581
Pub Patron
June Murphy
First Witch in Macbeth
Frank Williams
Second Witch in Macbeth
Rosemary Lord
Third Witch in Macbeth
Unknown 4581
Terry's Assistant
Kenneth Ives
Stagehand
Gerry Judge
Serpentine Waiter
John Dimech
Serpentine Waiter
Julian Sherrier
Serpentine Headwaiter
Alan Bennett
Pub Patron
Unknown Male 9
Pub Patron
Fred Machon
Pub Patron
Unknown Male 173
Pub Patron
Peter Roy
Pub Patron
Andrew Andreas
Pub Waiter
Unknown 4581
Caretaker
Joe Wadham
Policeman Parking Car
Arnold Schulkes
Extra in Victoria Station
Martin Lyder
Extra in Victoria Station
Unknown 4581
Man Buying Theatre Tickets
Janet Hargreaves
Aldwych Theatre Ticket Clerk
Unknown 4581
Woman in Line to Buy Tickets
Michael Bryant
Gaveston in Edward II
Petra Markham
Theatre Audience
Harry Tierney
Theatre Audience
Juba Kennerley
Theatre Audience
Patricia Payne
Theatre Audience
Moyra Tickner
Theatre Audience
Len Llewellyn
Theatre Audience
Unknown Female 13
Theatre Audience
Unknown Male 12
Theatre Audience
Unknown 4581
Man Shushing Bill
Stanley Lebor
Lancaster in Edward II
Murray Brown
Nobleman in Edward II
William Dysart
Nobleman in Edward II
Peter Harrison
Nobleman in Edward II
Roger Jones
Nobleman in Edward II
David Quilter
Nobleman in Edward II
Terence Sewards
Nobleman in Edward II
Paul Starr
Nobleman in Edward II
Paul Hardwick
Young Mortimer in Edward II
Charles Kay
Lightborn in Edward II
James Payne
Theatre Audience
Dido Plumb
Theatre Audience
Pat Halpin
Theatre Audience
David Warner
Edward II in Edward II
Timothy West
Matrevis in Edward II
Jonathan Wales
Gurney in Edward II
Pearl Prescod
Theatre Audience
Ned Hood
Airport Extra
Unknown Male 101
Airport Extra
Gertan Klauber
Airport Extra
Alan Gibbs
Zurich Airport Extra
Lewis Hooper
Zurich Airport Extra
Harold Coyne
Zurich Airport Extra
Dave's Unknown Male 11
Zurich Airport Extra
Dan Darnelli
Zurich Airport Extra
Judy Keirn
Stewardess
Robert Rowland
Usher
Richard Steele
Businessman

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