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The Silencers (1966)

Retired agent Matt Helm is re-activated in order to stop an evil organization from exploding an atom bomb over the USA and starting WWIII.

Director:

Phil Karlson

Writers:

Donald Hamilton (novels), Oscar Saul (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dean Martin ... Matt Helm
Stella Stevens ... Gail Hendricks
Daliah Lavi ... Tina
Victor Buono ... Tung-Tze
Arthur O'Connell ... Joe Wigman
Robert Webber ... Sam Gunther
James Gregory ... MacDonald
Nancy Kovack ... Barbara
Roger C. Carmel ... Andreyev
Cyd Charisse ... Sarita
Beverly Adams ... Lovey Kravezit
Richard Devon ... Domino
David Bond ... Dr. Naldi
John Reach John Reach ... Traynor (scenes deleted)
Robert Phillips ... 1st Armed Man
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Storyline

In this, the first Matt Helm movie, we see Matt Helm coaxed out of semi-retirement by an attractive ex-partner. It seems that the evil Big O organization has a nefarious plan called "Operation: Fallout." If this plan comes to fruition, Big O will explode an atomic bomb over Alamogordo, NM, and start WWIII. Only Matt Helm can stop them. Written by Afterburner <aburner@erols.com>

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The Best Spy Thriller of Nineteen Sexty-Sex! (Australian daybill) See more »


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TV-PG | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1966 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El agente secreto Matt Helm See more »

Filming Locations:

New Mexico, USA See more »

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Budget:

$3,500,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Pathécolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

A Frank Sinatra song (Come Fly With Me) had a cameo in this movie series. It would be followed in the movie The Ambushers by another Sinatra song Strangers In the Night. Both songs were always played before or after Dean Martin's song Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime whenever Matt Helm is trying to set a romantic mood with a girl. Also, in both occasions, Martin made fun of those songs(calling in this movie the first song disgusting and referring the second song as a Perry Como song in The Ambushers). See more »

Goofs

A camera is visible through the rear window of Matt Helm's station wagon during the car chase scene. See more »

Quotes

Gail Hendrix: Eddie, fix me a Bloody Mary. With real blood.
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Crazy Credits

Coming up next Matt Helm meets Lovey Kravezit in Murderers' Row See more »

Connections

Followed by Murderers' Row (1966) See more »

Soundtracks

Red Sails in the Sunset
Written by Jimmy Kennedy and Will Grosz
Parody lyrics by Herbert Baker
Sung by Dean Martin
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Dean Martin as a secret agent?
28 September 2003 | by grendelkhanSee all my reviews

Yep, that's the premise, and the beginning to the silliest spy series, before a certain dentally-challenged International Man of Mystery arrived.

Dean Martin starred as Matt Helm, the lead character in a series of novels by Donald Hamilton. The books were serious spy adventures; but, there is nothing serious about the film series. Dean plays it tongue-in-cheek, often making fun of his own image and rivalry with fellow Rat Packer Frank Sinatra. The films are filled with strange characters and silly gadgets.

Martin has fun with the role and keeps the film rolling along, but Stella Stevens makes it memorable. She is sexy as hell, but is such a lovable klutz that she dominates every scene. Victor Buono gets to chew the most scenery this side of his Batman appearances.

The gadgets make James Bond look like a documentary: a gun that shoots backward unless the trigger is pushed, exploding buttons, a station wagon with a fold down bed and bar, and Helm's many household appliances.

These films were anything but serious, but this one is very entertaining. The films tended to get worse with each new entry, but most of the elements work well here. If you are looking for serious spy cinema, try 007 or Harry Palmer. If you want some goofy fun, try this.


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