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  • Although it's fairly well-produced and shot in beautiful European locations (Paris, Vienna), this film (which I saw under the unlisted on IMDb title "Spy Hunt In Vienna") is a generally dull example of its genre (the Euro-spy thriller). For one thing, there is little action, as the main character - agent simply walks through the various locations and engages in some form of action not more often than once every 20 minutes. The people he is searching for may or may not be hiding within a traveling circus, which results in some overlong circus numbers. There are also some moments that are downright absurd: someone tries to kill the hero on a train, he fails, he runs away and the hero doesn't even bother to run after him; at least a dozen bad guys surround the hero in an underground train station and he escapes by causing a small explosion; but the most laughable of all is what happens to the suitcase containing the device that everyone's been after the whole time. The film even disappoints in the women department, as the two best lookers (Senta Berger and Paola Pitagora) have VERY limited screen time. *1/2 out of 4.
  • There's not much to recommend here, really. A good cast does not a good spy movie make. Rather, this plays like a late-cycle Edgar Wallace krimi with the Scotland Yard detective a secret agent and a murderer who happens to have stolen a top secret invention. The circus milieu (the Palladium in Vienna) is quite tedious but other Vienna locations are nice to look at like the empty amusement park where the villain hides out.

    Pierre Brice is Philippe Taylor (changed from `Tissot' for the English dub apparently) an agent on the trail of the device. Brice was a looker who made a lot of westerns in the sixties and he was in the anthology Spy Against the World (66) but most may recognize him from Mill of the Stone Women (60). He's very bland here but that suits the rest of the film.

    The score by Charly Niessen (arrangements by Gert Wilden), is okay but is occasionally inappropriate for the action on the screen. Director Alfred Weidenmann can't do much with this material either; the script is just plain weak. I had high hopes for this one but you can skip it knowing you haven't missed a darn thing.
  • Warning: Spoilers
    This entry is yet another spy thriller, set against a colorful circus background. Unfortunately, Alfred Weidenmann's direction is not only disappointingly flat, but takes very little advantage of the colorful opportunities offered by actual location filming inside a real circus. And alas, the director's lack of insight is mirrored by Karl Lob whose color photography does not do any justice at all to the lovely ladies in the cast such as Daliah Lavi, and most particularly Senta Berger, here making what is described in the credits as "a special guest appearance" in a very small role.

    On the other hand, the plot maintains a moderate amount of interest, and the movie's budget could certainly be described as "expansive". We are treated to much actual location filming against scenery that is certainly most attractive. The players, especially Pierre Brice, Heinz Drache, Anton Diffring and the normally super-delicious Daliah Lavi, are all in fine form.
  • The other reviews said it all. S L O W. One of the English titles is SHOT IN 3/4 TIME. This says it all. The entire movie never gets going to full speed. I watch a lot of Euro-Spy movies and did watch this, But...Beware. Larry Anderson