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The Scorpio Letters

richard novel victor thorpe

(NBC, 2/19/1967, 120 mins). A spy thriller involving an American who is enlisted by British intelligence to replace one of its recently murdered agents and smash a ring of blackmailers James Bond style headed by a nefarious figure known as Scorpio. One of the early telefeatures (adapted from Victor Canning’s 1964 novel) filmed on location rather than on the old back lot.

Production Company MGM Television. Director Richard Thorpe. Producer Richard Thorpe. Teleplay Adrian Spies, Jo Eisinger. Based on the novel by Victor Canning. Photography Ellsworth Fredericks. Music Dave Grusin. Editor Richard W. Farrell. Art Directors George W. Davis, Addison Hehr.

Cast Alex Cord (Joe Christopher), Shirley Eaton (Phoebe Stuart), Laurence Naismith (Burr), Oscar Beregi (Phillippe Sorieh [Scorpio]), Lester Matthews (Mr. Harris), Antoinette Bauer (Terry), Arthur Malet (Hinton), Barry Ford (Bratter), Emile Genest (Garrin), Vincent Beck (Paul Fretoni), Ilka Windish (Miss Gunther), Laurie Main (Tyson), Andre Philippe (Gian), Harry Raybould (Lodel), Danielle DeMetz (Maria).

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