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Hide and Seek [DVD]

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He finds two life jackets in the boat, and it appears to Marek (watching from the hotel with binoculars) that Garrett and Maggie are attempting to swim to a nearby island with a castle. Imagine North by Northwest but with Ian Carmichael substituted for Cary Grant, Janet Munro for Eva-Marie Saint, Curt Jurgens for James Mason, a canal boat instead of a crop sprayer and cliffs along the coast of Yorkshire instead of Mount Rushmore. The ill-fated Janet Munro is quite charming as the female bait used to trap Ian Carmichael's scientist. The difference being that there is no case of mistaken identity and being an astrophysicist, Carmichael does not need to rely on dumb luck to get himself out of a situation. In reality, of course, this is much lighter and at best a comedy thriller in the genre of 'The 39 Steps'; the similarities continue when we are presented with a buttoned-up emotionally repressed academic (Carmichael) paired with a free-spirited, slightly wacky and alluringly beautiful spirit (Janet Munro).

When he goes outside and says this to a cabby, the cabby suggests "King’s Square" in Chelsea, which they drive to.

David Garrett is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, working on tracking Russian rocket launches. Starting in sixties London, Carmichael has some encounters which seem random with strange characters.

Maggie deliberately reads the road sign incorrectly and makes them walk in the opposite direction to where they should be going. Maggie then says she has to leave and Garrett leaves alone after copying down Maggie's phone number. Facing south towards Grove Bridge (No 164) on the Grand Union Canal near Chandlers Cross, Hertfordshire located by Anthony Spencer. Hugh Griffith stands out as a splendidly eccentric bargeman and Curt Jurgens as the main Baddie is obviously relishing his role as a cultured and charming sophisticate. It was one of several British films released in 1964 after spending well over a year on the shelf - others included "The Leather Boys", "Ladies Who Do" and "The Comedy Man".Garrett starts to walk down the road and comes across a policeman on a bicycle who goes back to the cliff with him. In the woods, Garrett gets caught in an animal snare, and Maggie goes to find a stick to help pry it open.

Ian Carmichael, Janet Munro and Curd Jürgens star in Cy Endfield’s thriller about a Cambridge professor who becomes involved in an dangerous game of cat and mouse while trying to track down an old friend. The Russian is working with shady businessman Marek and they plan to kidnap the professor and make it look as though he has defected to the Soviet Union. From there things oscillate wildly from light comedic sparring with Munro to proto-Bondian henchmen menacing our hero.

Ian Carmichael, overdoing both comic and dramatic effects, makes an unprepossessing hero; most of the minor roles are dully overacted; and even Hugh Griffith, gleefully hamming it up as a modern Noah fleeing the nuclear deluge, fails to make his scenes seem anything other than tiresome irrelevancies designed to bolster a faltering plot. Directed by the BAFTA-nominated Cy Endfield, whose credits include Zulu and Hell Drivers, Hide and Seek also stars Oscar winner Hugh Griffith, Bond villain Curd Jürgens and Golden Globe-winning British actress Janet Munro; the film is presented here in a brand-new transfer from the original elements, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio. They are chased around in the train until Maggie pulls the emergency stop cord and she and Garrett jump off the train. Marek has "sold" Garrett to the Russians for his knowledge and has arranged for a submarine to come before dawn to take him away. At that time I hadn’t seen many Endfield films, although I had a certain interest in the Blacklisted filmmakers.

The next few hours involve Garrett being treated as a guest, while he waits for the submarine to arrive. Images submitted must be in Landscape orientation, as would be seen on the cinema screen, not Portrait. The Radio Times Guide to Films gave the film 2/5 stars, writing: "After a decade top-lining some of the wittiest social satires ever made in the UK, lan Carmichael's fortunes were on the wane by the time he starred in this leaden comedy thriller. This shot also features in the following productions; Cage of Gold (1950), Escapade (1955), Left, Right and Centre (1959), and Beat Girl (1960) (all qv).King's Parade appear in 'Nothing But the Best' and a similar view can be seen in 'Out of the Shadow' and 'Franklyn'. As David is driven away, he looks back to see two agents (Monty Warren and Cyril Cross) speaking with Melnicker.

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