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The Venetian Affair (1966)

Approved | | Action, Thriller | 10 February 1967 (Ireland)
Former CIA man, Bill Fenner, now a downbeat, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the shock suicide bombing by an American diplomat at a peace conference.

Director:

Jerry Thorpe

Writers:

E. Jack Neuman (screenplay by), Helen MacInnes (based upon the novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Vaughn ... Bill Fenner
Elke Sommer ... Sandra Fane
Felicia Farr ... Claire Connor
Karlheinz Böhm ... Robert Wahl (as Karl Boehm)
Luciana Paluzzi ... Giulia Almeranti
Boris Karloff ... Dr. Pierre Vaugiroud
Roger C. Carmel ... Mike Ballard
Edward Asner ... Frank Rosenfeld
Joe De Santis ... Jan Aarvan
Fabrizio Mioni ... Russo
Wesley Lau ... Neill Carlson
Bill Weiss Bill Weiss ... Goldsmith
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Storyline

After an American diplomat inexplicably explodes a bomb during an international peace conference in Venice, killing himself and everyone in the room, CIA boss Frank Rosenfeld calls ex-agent Bill Fenner in on the case. Fenner is forced to find his ex-wife and save her from the clutches of both the good guys and the bad guys, while still obtaining the Vaugiroud report and uncovering the bombing conspiracy. Written by Daniel Bolton

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Vaughn! Venice! Vooom! See more »

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Action | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

10 February 1967 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Intriga en Venecia See more »

Filming Locations:

Venice, Veneto, Italy

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Turner library print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The two movies that Italian actress Luciana Paluzzi starred in straight after the James Bond film Thunderball (1965) were also both spy films, this picture and The One Eyed Soldiers (1967). See more »

Quotes

Bill Fenner: Why me? You got eleven good men in this office you could send in there.
Mr. Pennyman: You're the one I can spare.
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Connections

Referenced in Italy's in Season (1967) See more »

Soundtracks

Our Venetian Affair
Words by Hal Winn
Music by Lalo Schifrin
Sung by Julius LaRosa
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A pedestrian affair
23 December 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Two things are noteworthy about The Venetian Affair. One was that Robert Vaughn tried to break out into the big screen like such television contemporaries as James Garner and Steve McQueen without the success that they had. The second was that this was the last film Boris Karloff did that was not related to the horror genre.

The film begins with a bang. An American diplomat is given a bomb and it detonates in a disarmament conference in Venice. No one can figure out why, but you can bet the USA does not want to be held responsible when forensics prove it was our guy who was the suicide bomber.

Our man in Venice for the CIA Edward Asner sends for former agent Robert Vaughn who is now an alcoholic newspaperman working for a wire service. They suspect his ex-wife Elke Sommer has something to do with it and he's the best at finding her. She's also the reason that he's no longer with the CIA.

Boris Karloff plays an elderly man of geopolitical mystery. He knows what's going on, but some sinister folks are controlling him.

The Venetian Affair is a pedestrian affair moving at a paint drying pace and Vaughn after being television's urbane Napoleon Solo in The Man From UNCLE never quite got his teeth in this part. Karl Boehm is a good villain and only at the very end do we find out who he is working for. As for the reason why the diplomat did the foul deed, that you watch The Venetian Affair for.


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