Catch Me A Spy (Rank 1971 with Kirk Douglas and Tom Courtenay)

UK / Rank – Ludgate – Capitole – Bryna / 94 minutes / 1971

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais (based on the novel by George Marton, Tibor Meray) / Cinematography: Christopher Challis / Music: Claude Boiling / Producers: Steven Pallos, Pierre Braunberger / Director: Dick Clement

cast: Kirk Douglas (Andrej), Marlene Jobert (Fabienne), Trevor Howard (Sir Trevor Dawson), Tom Courtenay (Baxter Clarke), Patrick Mower (John Fenton), Bernadette Lafont (Simone), Bernard Blier (Webb), Sacha Pitoeff (Stefan), Richard Pearson (Haldane), Garfield Morgan (Jealous Husband), Angharad Rees (Victoria), Isabel Dean (Celia), Robin Parkinson (British Officer), Jonathan Cecil (British Attache), Robert Raglan (Ambassador), Jean Gilpin (Ground Stewardess), Bridget Turner (Woman in Plane), Trevor Peacock (Man in Plane), Clive Gazes (Rumanian in Plane), Ashley Knight (1st Schoolboy), Philip Da Costa (2nd Schoolboy), Robert Gillespie (Man in Elevator), Sheila Steafel (Woman in Elevator), Bunny May (Elevator Attendant), Fiona Moore, Bernice Stegers (Russian Girls), Dinny Powell, Del Baker (Heavies).

Fabienne (Jobert) is a French newlywed living in London whose husband (Mower) is kidnaped while they are on their honeymoon in Bucharest. She is informed that he will be exchanged only for Webb (Blier), a Russian agent being held in London. When Webb dies accidentally, Fabienne searches for a subsitute, settling on Andrej (Douglas), a hotel waiter who also smuggles manu- scripts out from behind the Iron Curtain.

Naturally the situation becomes complicated when Fabienne falls for Andrej after she has reported him to the authorities. CATCH ME A SPY features a great cast, an exciting speedboat chase, a few chuckles, and every spy cliche in the book. Writers Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais are better known for their classic sitcoms Porridge and The Likely Lads but in the late 1960s and early 1970s contributed to some good British genre movies.