Sleuth (1972)

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“Playing the game is very important to you isn’t it Sir” Inspector Doppler


It’s quite hard to know exactly where to start when talking about the original film version of Sleuth. Forty-seven years after its release it is a bit late to worry too much about spoilers and yet there’s no doubt that the joy of the film (and yes it is a joy) is far greater if you can manage to come to the story somewhat blind.

Michael Caine plays Milo Tindle, a young man invited to the country house home of his lover’s husband Andrew Wyke played by Sir Laurence Olivier. Wyke suggests a convoluted plan which would see Milo fake a burglary at the house allowing him to claim the insurance money while Milo makes away with his wife’s jewellery. However, it becomes clear that Wyke has a very different ultimate goal and the pair find themselves…

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Virginia Mayo Goes West Part 2

Mike's Take On the Movies .......... Rediscovering Cinema's Past

Next up are a pair of westerns that saw Virginia reteam with two well known leading men of the era with whom she had starred with in earlier outdoor adventures.

The Big Land   (1957)

For this Gordon Douglas directed effort from the Warner Brothers stable, Miss Mayo reteams with her Iron Mistress leading man, Alan Ladd. In a post civil war era we find Ladd leading a herd of 2000 head of cattle to market with his fellow southerners. The riches they expect don’t materialize when the only buyer is frequent Ladd costar and usually in a villainous role, Anthony Caruso. He cheats them and Ladd loses face in front of his weary gang of cowboys.

Shortly thereafter Ladd moves on coming across the alcoholic Edmond O’Brien. The two will partner up after Ladd rescues the drunken sought from a lynch mob led by the familiar John Doucette. It’s during…

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