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Hide and Seek [DVD]

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When Melnicker notices two individuals enter the hall he is distracted and excuses himself for the lunch break.

Maggie seems to be avoiding committing to anything and Garrett resigns himself to continuing on the train for the time being. Garrett makes several halfhearted attempts at escape, until finally Maggie reveals that she has taken a set of keys to try to help them escape. He meets up with an old mentor and friend, Frank Melnicker, who is playing multiple games of chess at a display of simultaneous play at a temperance hall. 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). There are some good shots at Watford Junction in this thriller, taken on the now disused former platform 12.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.

Garrett is confused by the apparently secretive way that one player, Richter, transfers the knight chess piece to Melnicker.Alongside him is the lively Janet Munro, and the two make enjoyable company as the plot carries off rather well. Curt Jurgens pops up for the finale in a trial run for his Bond villain role and Janet Munro is quite lovely. It is revealed that this was all an elaborate trap to trick Garrett to "voluntarily" come to this hotel - he has been used like a pawn in a chess game.

The next few hours involve Garrett being treated as a guest, while he waits for the submarine to arrive. Carmichael is a physicist who supposedly possesses a great talent which is desirable by all cold war players. Maggie then says she has to leave and Garrett leaves alone after copying down Maggie's phone number. Hide and Seek is a 1964 British thriller film directed by Cy Endfield and starring Ian Carmichael, Curt Jurgens and Janet Munro.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". Needless to say it doesn't quite have the pizzazz of Hitchcock's masterpiece, but it does display Munro's willingness to disrobe on camera, something which I am sure The Master would have appreciated. Having jumped from the train when the two agents were encountered, David and Maggie say goodbye to Wilkins (Hugh Griffith) after spending the night on his narrow-boat.

Please do not forward additional screen captures to us but bring the detail to our attention, for we do, and are, 're-addressing' these older entries as time allows. Director Cy Endfield mishandles the jokier aspects of the plot, in which a scientist working on a top secret project is presumed to have defected when, in actuality, he's been kidnapped. Unknown to them, Garrett has rigged the alarm on his wristwatch to cause the boat to explode, killing the three henchmen.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 Curt Jurgens 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. Marek has "sold" Garrett to the Russians for his knowledge and has arranged for a submarine to come before dawn to take him away.

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