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Murderers’ Row (1966)

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  • Release Date: 20 December 1966 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
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  • IMDb page: Murderers’ Row (1966)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 756 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Adventure | Comedy | Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller
  • Release Date: 20 December 1966 (USA)
  • Runtime: 105 min
  • Filming Location: Monte Carlo, Monaco
  • Director: Henry Levin
  • Stars: Dean Martin, Ann-Margret, Karl Malden | See full cast and crew
  • Original Music By: Lalo Schifrin   
  • Soundtrack: I'm Not the Marrying Kind
  • Sound Mix: Mono
  • Plot Keyword: Tough Guy | Spy Hero | Terrorist | Machine Gun | Brawl

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Herbert Baker  screenplay
  • Donald Hamilton  novel

Known Trivia

  • Soon-Tek Oh’s film debut.
  • The large, white hovercraft appears to be a Saunders-Roe Nautical 6 (SR.N6). The smaller hovercraft appears to be the Britten-Norman “Cushioncraft” 5 (CC5). There was one CC5 built which capsized during tests off of Priory Bay.
  • In the discotheque scene, one of the band members (Dino) is Dean Paul Martin the son of Dean Martin. Another (Desi) is Desi Arnaz Jr..

Goofs: Revealing mistakes: When the hovercraft arrives at Julian Wahl's island for the first time, as everyone disembarks, their heads are cut off when they into the matte of the water.

Plot: The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bath tub – the women mourn about the loss. However… See more » |  »

Story: The handsome top agent Matt dies a tragic death in his bath tub – the women mourn about the loss. However it’s just faked for his latest top-secret mission: He shall find Dr. Solaris, inventor of the Helium laser beam, powerful enough to destroy a whole continent. It seems Dr. Solaris has been kidnapped by a criminal organization. The trace leads to the Cote D’Azur… Written byTom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Irving Allen known as producer
  • Euan Lloyd known as associate producer

FullCast & Crew:

  • Dean Martin known as Matt Helm
  • Ann-Margret known as Suzie
  • Karl Malden known as Julian Wall
  • Camilla Sparv known as Coco Duquette
  • James Gregory known as MacDonald
  • Beverly Adams known as Lovey Kravezit
  • Richard Eastham known as Dr. Norman Solaris
  • Tom Reese known as Ironhead
  • Duke Howard known as Billy Orcutt
  • Ted Hartley known as Guard
  • Marcel Hillaire known as Police Capt. Deveraux
  • Corinne Cole known as Miss January
  • Robert Terry known as Dr. Rogas
  • Dean Paul Martin known as Himself (as Dino, Desi & Billy)
  • Desi Arnaz Jr. known as Himself (as Dino, Desi & Billy)
  • Billy Hinsche known as Himself (as Dino, Desi & Billy)
  • Vincent Barbi known as (uncredited)
  • Dale Brown known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Barbara Burgess known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Amadee Chabot known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Luci Ann Cook known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Dick Dial known as (uncredited)
  • Nick Dimitri known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Dee Duffy known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Dirk Evans known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Jacqueline Fontaine known as Singer at Wake (uncredited)
  • Richard Gardner known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Frank Gerstle known as Furnace (uncredited)
  • Robert Glenn known as FBI Agent (uncredited)
  • Joe Gray known as (uncredited)
  • Lynn Hartoch known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Rena Horten known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Mary Hughes known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Karen Lee known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Mary Jane Mangler known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Morry Ogden known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Soon-Tek Oh known as Tempura – Japanese Secret Agent (uncredited)
  • Bob Peoples known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Lou Robb known as Worldwide Agent (uncredited)
  • Alex Rodine known as Guard (uncredited)
  • Marilyn Tindall known as Slaygirl (uncredited)
  • Dale Van Sickel known as Fortress Guard (uncredited)
  • Jan Watson known as Slaygirl (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • Cherie known as hair stylist: Ann-Margret
  • Ben Lane known as makeup supervisor
  • Loren Cosand known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Joe DiBella known as makeup artist (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Columbia Pictures Corporation
  • Meadway-Claude Productions Company (I) (II)

Distributors:

  • Columbia Pictures (1966) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Sony Video (2005) (USA) (DVD)
  • Columbia Films (1967) (France) (theatrical) (as Columbia Pictures of France Inc.)
  • Columbia-Bavaria Filmgesellschaft m.b.H. (1967) (West Germany) (theatrical)
  • Warner-Columbia Films (1967) (Finland) (theatrical)
  • American Broadcasting Company (ABC) (1972) (USA) (TV) (original airing)
  • Nelonen (2007) (Finland) (TV)
  • RCA/Columbia Pictures Home Video (????) (USA) (VHS)

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Other Stuff

Release Date:
  • USA 20 December 1966
  • USA 21 December 1966 (New York City, New York)
  • UK 19 January 1967 (London) (premiere)
  • Denmark 24 February 1967
  • Finland 24 March 1967
  • West Germany 25 March 1967
  • Sweden 17 April 1967
  • France 31 May 1967
  • Mexico 2 November 1967

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. Brian Washington (Sargebri@att.net) from Los Angeles, California
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    This is film pretty much fits the formula of the other "Matt Helm"films; lavish locations, fun weapons, beautiful girls and booze. Thisprobably is my second favorite film in the series behind The Ambushers.Dino was pretty much playing himself in the film and it pretty much wasan extension of his public image of the freewheeling and boozingwomanizer. Ann-Margaret was her usual sexy self as she played her sexkitten image to the hilt. However, the one that really stole the showin this film was Karl Malden. He really stole the show playing Mr.Wall, a villain so campy that it is in direct contrast to his usuallyserious demeanor. I also liked the fact that it made references toDino’s personal life, especially the inclusion of the Sinatra referenceat the discotheque. Dino, Desi and Billy were okay, but they are noBeatles. All in all I would have to say that this is a pretty goodentry in the series.

  2. Kakueke
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    Matt spews of his usual lighthearted, spoof lines, surrounded by his coterieof lovely women, but this one is less interesting than others in the series,altho Karl Malden does OK as villain Julian Wall. He is trying to dominateDr. Solaris, the secret weapon (laser) scientist, who is the father ofSuzie, played by leading lady Anne Margret. In fact, she is the highlightof the movie, for aside from being gorgeous, she does some fabulous dancing.On the other hand, Matt’s fight scenes, particularly with Wall’s henchmanIronhead, leave something to be desired. Matt and Coco (Julian’ssignificant other) have mild flirtations, but aside from Suzie, there is noother lady authentically part of the plot with whom Matt has the least sortof romantic interlude. Overall, a little more zip was needed, plot sometimedragged a bit. Still, the usual good chase scenes, colorful scenery andclothing, elegant settings, etc. — fun to watch.

  3. JasparLamarCrabb from Boston, MA
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    MURDERER'S ROW is the second Matt Helm movie and just as sloppy andill-conceived as THE SILENCERS. It's also just about as much fun. DeanMartin, clearly not sticking to any script, has a few funny one-linersand Ann-Margret is Ann-Margret…as a swinging sixties sex kitten,she's second to none. Karl Malden collects a paycheck as the villainand the stunning Camilla Sparv plays his moll. There are a few amusingscenes such as Dean in a line-up with two French peasants and thewomen's outfits are very Rudi Gernreich without actually being designedby Gernreich. The film, directed by Henry Levin, could just as easilyhave been named "LONG SHOTS and STUNT MEN" when you consider how fewclose-ups Martin has during the action sequences.

  4. Bogmeister from United States
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    MASTER PLAN: Operation:Scorch – use a new heat ray on Washington DC.After "The Silencers," there was no where to go but with more fun inthe sun with Matt Helm – poking fun, that is, at the James Bond spygenre. Dino Martin is as lackadaisical as ever as Helm, the part-timesuper agent, barely awake in some scenes and ready with the cute quipsin, well, every line of dialog. To illustrate the difference betweenHelm & Bond: Bond, as an example, is allowed one minor joke during hisusual mission briefing with M. Now, Helm jokes with his boss, MacDonald(James Gregory, reprising his role) during the entire session, even asMacDonald tells him that Helm may have to commit suicide during themission. 'I ain't going' Helm quips. The villains are again the evilorganization Big-O(oh), who target all the major secret agents as thefilm starts, including Helm. But, this is one of those false deaths forthe hero, just as was done in a couple of the Bonders (and they don'texplain how Helm survives). The action takes Helm to Monte Carlo, wherea primarily young crowd do a lot of dancing and swinging. Helm searchesfor a scientist who is providing Big-O (led by Karl Malden) with thefinal formulas for a super heat ray.

    The action slows down at the mid-point, especially with the seeminglyendless scenes of young folks shaking their bodies to sixties tunes.The filmmakers manage to work Sinatra in again in a sort-of cameo. Theabsurdity and sight gags are at the usual level: all of Helm'sgirlfriends attend his funeral dressed exactly the same. The mainhenchman walks around in public with this big metal plate covering thetop of his head and no one notices. Helm drinks while driving and onthe job, joking with the liquor bottles. Ann-Margret plays the daughterof the missing scientist and she's always great, no matter what she'sdoing, but she even gets quite involved in some strenuous actiontowards the end. Sparv is fine as the femme fatale, with her slightlyexotic good looks, though she inexplicably seems to change sides nearthe end (Helm never even had a chance to seduce her). Malden as thehead villain does not do as well, speaking with a dopey accent whichfades in and out. He is the subject of an effective on-going gag with agun that delays firing for a few seconds. The climactic action in thevillains' lair is not bad, with some actual suspense and humor mixedin, though the very conclusion on the hovercrafts, on the water, seemslike an afterthought. The epilogue is just too silly. Helm would returnin "The Ambushers." Hero:6 Villain:5 Femme Fatales:7 Henchmen:6Fights:6 Stunts/Chases:6 Gadgets:5 Auto:4 Locations:7 Pace:6 overall:6-

  5. shepardjessica from sparks, nevada
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    This second entry of the Matt Helms (Dean Martin) spy-spoof series is nobetter or worse than the Silencers or The Ambushers, but is a notch abovethe final entry, The Wrecking Crew. For one thing, Ann-Margret was nevermore beautiful (face and body) than from that time period. Energy to spare,she’s on a constant high of momentum. Also included is the lovely CamillaSparv (Michael Caine’s girlfriend at the time) and she always adds class. Plus, Beverly Adams as the gorgeous Lovie Kravzit. Dino is pretty muchworking on 1/2 power, but does his job.

    A 5 out of 10. Best performance = Ann-Margret. These Helm films will seembetter now than when they were released in the mid to late 60’s. Just funstuff (like Casino Royale) with tons of babes and decent villains. Check itout!

  6. Ann-MargretGrL
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    There’s just one main reason to see this film…..ANN-MARGRET’SFABULOUSLYFANTASTIC dancing, and her flashy swingin 60’s costumes! Other then that,It’s your typical Matt Helm film. Lots of confusing action..Matt gets thegirl.. E.T.C. But it definitely showcases A-M as the ultimate triplethreatthat she is! LUV A-M, she’s the greatest! Def. for A-M and Dean Martinfans

  7. bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    Murderers' Row, the second of the Matt Helm films that starred DeanMartin has the distinction of being the one that actually gave old Dinoa hit record. Martin never sang directly on the screen, but his voicewas heard on the soundtrack during soliloquy sequences and inbackground music. I'm Not The Marrying Kind was the only written for aMatt Helm feature that he's heard singing over the action, especiallyduring the final scene.

    Fans of the books that James Bond and Matt Helm were taken from havealways said that Hollywood ruined the character. It's probably moretrue for Matt Helm because Dino doesn't play it for anything other thanlaughs. James Bond would never talk about sexual escapades, but withDino as Matt Helm, you know this is all locker room fodder.

    Dr. Richard Eastham has invented a solar ray which evil master criminalKarl Malden wants to subvert for his own use. He's planning for a deathray to wipe out Washington, DC. Both Martin and Eastham's daughterAnn-Margret are searching for Eastham, reputed to be with Malden on hisprivate island off the Riviera where with mistress Carmilla Sparv,Malden's planning all kinds of dastardly deeds.

    Dino who also produced the Helm series, gave a guest shot to Dino,Desi, and Billy who were a bubblegum band sensation around that time.

    Malden looks like he's having a good old blast overacting outrageouslyas the master criminal. Dino as he is in all the Matt Helm is just DeanMartin as a secret agent. Just giving the public what they wanted atthe time which was probably the height of his career.

    But whatever you do, don't look at the title Murderers' Row and thinkit's about the 1927 New York Yankees. The sports are indoors in thisfilm.

  8. ShadeGrenade from Ambrosia
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    James Bond fans have complained down the years about the films eitherstraying too far from the source material or being too comedic but itseems to me that Matt Helm fans have had greater cause for complaint.'The Silencers', starring Dean Martin as agent 'Matt Helm', was one of1966's biggest hits. The sequel – 'Murderers' Row' – was planned for aSummer 1967 release but after delays on the Bond spoof 'Casino Royale',was rushed out early to be Columbia's big Christmas release.

    BIG O kidnaps the inventor of a death-ray weapon known as a 'heliobeam'. so I.C.E. fakes Matt Helm's death to convince them he is nolonger a threat. Posing as a mobster called 'Jim Peters', our heroflies to the French Riviera where danger awaits. BIG O villain JulianWall ( Karl Malden ) intends using the beam to destroy Washington D.C.

    As a comedy, 'Murderers' Row' just about makes the grade, but as anaction movie it is poor. A car chase in the Riviera, for example, isspoilt not only by the lack of music but by the vehicles photographedthrough fish-eye lenses as they go round corners. Herbert Baker'sscript uses little of the Donald Hamilton book, going for cheap laughsat the expense of Dino's image as a boozer. It is a pity as the novelwas one of the author's best.

    Dino's refusal to do location filming resulted in a plethora ofstand-ins and bad process shots. Bad S.F.X. too – a man falling off acliff near the start is obviously a dummy, even the explosions lookfake. In the last film, Matt had a gun that fires backwards, here its agun that has a delayed action. Ironhead ( Tom Reese ), Wall's henchman,intended to be another Oddjob, is wrongly used for slapstick purposes.Karl Malden acts like he's in a different film, Camilla Sparv iswoefully under-used, while Ann-Margret is too young to be Matt's loveinterest ( her disco scenes go on forever ). The pop group 'Dino, Desi& Billy' features in one scene. One of them was Dean Martin's son. "HiDad!", he calls out to Matt. I also suspect that some scenes were notfilmed. For instance, after leaving Susie's apartment, Matt is suddenlyin the clutches of BIG O. How did he get there?

    On the plus side, Lalo Schrifrin's music is good ( particularly theopening theme ) and Sam Leavitt's lush photography nice. Some jokeswork. When Matt is arrested, he complains: "I'm an American citizen!".The chief of police ( Marcel Hillaire ) is not impressed: "We will playthe Stars & Stripes when you are in the Electric Chair!". Matt replies:"Then I'd have to stand up!".

    Henry Levin, the director, also made the vastly superior spy spoof'Kiss The Girls & Make Them Die' ( 1966 ), which starred MichaelConnors, Dorothy Provine and Terry-Thomas.

    Incidentally, why would a picture of Frank Sinatra be so prominentlydisplayed in a French discotheque?

  9. MARIO GAUCI (marrod@melita.com) from Naxxar, Malta
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    Having managed to acquire this one soon after THE SILENCERS (1966) andTHE WRECKING CREW (1969), I can say that, while a definite comedownfrom those two Matt Helm adventures directed by Phil Karlson, it’sfairly enjoyable in itself and far from the “uncontrolled disasterarea” the late eminent critic Leslie Halliwell took the sequels to be(though I haven’t been able to get my hands yet on THE AMBUSHERS[1967], considered the worst in the series).

    Things start off nicely enough with the elimination of all the topI.C.E. agents: Helm’s photo has him taken from the back – thus makinghis undercover activity later within the enemy ranks seem moreplausible – but, amusingly, amply displaying his fondness for booze andbroads. The villain this time around is played by Karl Malden, whileHelm’s women include Ann-Margret (as the daughter of an inventor of adeadly ray being held captive by Malden) and the latter’s assistantCamilla Sparv; the girls both look good but aren’t given a lot to do –besides, Ann-Margret relies too much on the energetic dancing style shehad displayed in the Elvis Presley vehicle VIVA LAS VEGAS (1964)…thoughthis does result in a funny scene inside a nightclub where Martin has ahard time trying to ape (and keep up with) her irrepressible moves!Incidentally, despite the set-up at the end of THE SILENCERS withrespect to the upcoming contribution of Beverly Adams’ Lovey Kravezit,it’s still too brief (to say nothing of secondary) here!

    The film also features an imposing henchman fitted with an iron plateover his bald head – appropriately dubbed “Metalhead” – who may or maynot have inspired the “Jaws” character from a couple of much-laterJames Bond adventures; the hovercraft chase (starting at sea,continuing on dry land, and ending in a crowded street) alsoanticipates the one from the 007 flick MOONRAKER (1979). As forpreposterous gadgets, here we get a gun programmed to delay shootingfor a few seconds – so that, if it were to fall into enemy hands, theholder will invariably point the gun at himself (believing it to beempty) with fatal consequences! Martin, of course, gets to sing as well– and there’s another jibe at Frank Sinatra; however, a rather blatantgoof went unnoticed by the film-makers: Martin and Ann-Margret flee ascene in the latter’s car (with the top uncovered) but, somewhere downthe line, the vehicle turns into that usually driven by Martin(complete with specially-fitted equipment to thwart the pursuers)! Onceagain, then, the final scene paves the way for the next entry in theseries.

  10. gridoon2013
    14 Mar 2013, 8:51 pm

    Leonard Maltin lists "Murderer's Row" as a BOMB, but personally I likedit more than the first Matt Helm outing, "The Silencers". Don't get mewrong, it's not a great movie, the pacing could have been snappier, thespecial effects could have been better, etc., but it surpasses theoriginal in most categories: for one thing, it is funnier – it actuallymade me laugh out loud once or twice; for another thing, the FrenchRiviera provides far more attractive locations than Phoenix, Arizona;for yet another, this film, unlike the first, actually has a proper,Oddjob-like henchman; and perhaps most importantly of all, Karl Maldenis an immeasurably better villain than Victor Buono. Buono was barelyin the film, and was almost 100% camp. Malden has a much bigger role,and some surprisingly serious, even cruel moments. Of course you couldargue that "The Silencers" had the superior set of girls, and it's truethat Camilla Sparv doesn't have the exotic looks of Daliah Lavi, or anequally active role. She does have great abs, though. Ann-Margret givesan energetic performance and proves to be a most helpful assistant toMatt Helm (though their 20+ years of age difference does make them kindof awkward as a romantic couple). She also has great abs. Overall anenjoyable film, about on the level of a lesser James Bond adventure.**1/2 out of 4.

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