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Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Scorpio Letters (1967)

An American ex-cop (Alex Cord) is hired by one of England's Intelligence Services to track down an extortionist known as Scorpio who had been blackmailing a British spy who committed suicide. Based on the novel by Victor Canning (Hitchcock's FAMILY PLOT) and directed by Richard Thorpe (KNIGHTS OF THE ROUND TABLE). Released on American television here but shown theatrically overseas, this is a moderately enjoyable hybrid of James Bond espionage and Hitchcockian suspense. The narrative is often confusing but never crosses over to incoherence. Cord makes for a suitably rugged American hero and lovely Shirley Eaton (GOLDFINGER) does quite nicely as a seductive British agent. Well done for what it is and if it's not worth seeking out, if you come across it, it's agreeable enough. With Laurence Naismith, Antoinette Bower, Oscar Beregi, Danielle De Metz and Harry Raybould.

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