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The Deadly Affair (1966)





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John LeCarre's Call for the Dead was the basis for this gloomy, complex spy story. James Mason plays a British secret agent puzzled by the sudden suicide of Foreign Office higher-up Robert Flemyng. Mason had worked on Flemyng's security clearance himself, and can't fathom what personality quirk he might have missed. The agent suspects that the dead man's wife (Simone Signoret), a concentration camp survivor, may hold the answer to Flemyng's despair, but the Foreign Office wants Mason to drop the case. Mason hires retiring Inspector Harry Andrews to do some private detective work. What Mason and Andrews find out is more insidious than they've imagined; worse, Mason is saddled with a new dilemma--his wife (Harriet Andersson) has been unfaithful with a colleague (Maximillian Schell). ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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James Mason
as Charles Dobbs
Simone Signoret
as Elsa Fennan
Maximilian Schell
as Dieter Freey
Harry Andrews
as Inspector Mendel
Kenneth Haigh
as Bill Appleby
Roy Kinnear
as Adam Scarr
Max Adrian
as Adviser
Robert Flemyng
as Samuel Fennan
Les White
as Harek
Kenneth Ives
as Stagehand
Denis Shaw
as Landlord
Sheraton Blount
as Eunice Scarr
Stanley Leber
as Lancaster
Paul Hardwick
as Young Mortimer
Charles Kay
as Lightborn
Timothy West
as Matrevis
Dennis Shaw
as Landlord
Petra Markham
as Daughter at Theater
Amanda Walker
as Brunette
Janet Hargreaves
as Ticket Clerk
Richard Steele
as Businessman
Gertan Klauber
as Businessman
Margaret Lacey
as Mrs. Bird
Judy Keirn
as Stewardess
Frank Williams
as Second Witch
Leslie Sands
as Inspector
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Critic Reviews for The Deadly Affair

All Critics (2)

As a spy thriller its intrigue dissolves into mist and the puzzle barely escapes the predictable. [Full review in Spanish]

September 29, 2021 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Top-notch spy thriller for the thinking man.

May 19, 2011 | Rating: A- | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Deadly Affair


Good meditative spy movie full of 60's atmosphere. A low key gem.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Another why-haven't-I-heard-of-this Lumet film. A solid spy thriller, doesn't break to much ground but once again shows that Lumet can tell a great story. After this and the Hill, Harry Andrews is becoming a new favorite actor. Oh yeah, a fantastic 60's jazz score by Quincy Jones.

Grifty G
Grifty G

Super Reviewer

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