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Hide and Seek [DVD]

Hide and Seek [DVD]

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The next few hours involve Garrett being treated as a guest, while he waits for the submarine to arrive. 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. I remember him saying Zulu was the greatest film ever made…it might have been said partly tongue in cheek, but it was one of his favourite films.

The police officer seems to imply that they could just avoid reporting all this to avoid the effort, but Garrett wants to follow all official steps. David Garrett is a professor of astrophysics at the University of Cambridge, working on tracking Russian rocket launches. 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. Maggie tells Garrett to meet her at the train station, where she convinces him to board the train with her.

DISCLAIMER: Note that inclusion of a title within our catalogue does not guarantee rights or print availability for a specific territory. At that time I hadn’t seen many Endfield films, although I had a certain interest in the Blacklisted filmmakers. Ian Carmichael gives a good performance in his role as David Garrett, the scientist who is totally unaware what is going to happen to him when he arrives at the area, while Janet Munro is decent as Maggie, the woman whose actions make her an unlikeable character. As David is driven away, he looks back to see two agents (Monty Warren and Cyril Cross) speaking with Melnicker. 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.

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. 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. Curt Jurgens pops up for the finale in a trial run for his Bond villain role and Janet Munro is quite lovely. They head down to the shore, where Garrett finds that he cannot identify the correct key to unlock a small motorboat.The customary paraphernalia of sinister men in raincoats, thugs in dark glasses, and stern old ladies on trains, is here manipulated flatly and without effect; intriguing possibilities (like the black knight) are started up, then made nothing of; and the dénouement, after a lengthy but unconvincing disquisition from Curt Jurgens explaining how his whole plot was arranged like a chess game, is crammed into about forty seconds flat. Sometime later Maggie goes out into the corridor to smoke a cigarette and notices two men she identifies as "secret police" that they must avoid.



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