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Hide and Seek [DVD]

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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. 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. Maggie tells Garrett to meet her at the train station, where she convinces him to board the train with her. The random occurrences circumvent this intention and before we know it he has met Janet Munro and is in Yorkshire.

Curt Jurgens pops up for the finale in a trial run for his Bond villain role and Janet Munro is quite lovely. Kieron Moore, who had a real talent for darkly smooth and menacing characters, appears but is underused. The next few hours involve Garrett being treated as a guest, while he waits for the submarine to arrive.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. 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".

G. Wodehouse’s genial upper-class bumbler Bertie Wooster – heads a strong cast in this comedy Cold War thriller. There are shades of Alfred Hitchcock’s man on the run tales here (especially The 39 Steps, which the basic structure loosely resembles), sharing a similar sense of wry humour that runs throughout the story, an ever-so-slightly winking sensibility enhanced by the amount of comedy actors making up the supporting cast. From there things oscillate wildly from light comedic sparring with Munro to proto-Bondian henchmen menacing our hero.

When he goes outside and says this to a cabby, the cabby suggests "King’s Square" in Chelsea, which they drive to. There are some good shots at Watford Junction in this thriller, taken on the now disused former platform 12. The ill-fated Janet Munro is quite charming as the female bait used to trap Ian Carmichael's scientist. Sadly, the decidedly naff title did summarise and embody the film only too well, both as regards final product and as a description of the plot.

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