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Code 7, Victim 5 (1964)

Victim Five (original title)
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When a millionaires valet is murdered he hires a detective to discover by who and why his valet was killed, leading to connections of the nazi sort!

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Robert Lynn

Writers:

Peter Yeldham (screenplay), Harry Alan Towers (original story) (as Peter Welbeck)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Lex Barker ... Steve Martin
Ann Smyrner ... Helga
Ronald Fraser ... Inspector Lean
Walter Rilla ... Wexler
Dietmar Schönherr ... Paul (as Dietmar Schonherr)
Gert van den Bergh Gert van den Bergh ... Vanberger
Howard Davis Howard Davis ... Rawlings (as Howard Davies)
Percy Sieff Percy Sieff ... Anderson
Véronique Vendell ... Gina (as Veronique Vendell)
Gustel Gundelach Gustel Gundelach ... Hans Kramer
Sophia Kammara Sophia Kammara ... Leila (as Sophia Spentzos)
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When a millionaires valet is murdered he hires a detective to discover by who and why his valet was killed, leading to connections of the nazi sort!

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A very special agent with an eye for women! See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 July 1964 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Code 7, Victim 5 See more »

Filming Locations:

Cape Town, South Africa See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Lex Baxter's name is Steve Martin in this film, which was obviously before comic actor Steve Martin rose to fame. The other cult-famous fictional "Steve Martin" was played by Raymond Burr in the original Godzilla (the Americanized version). Both Barker and Burr starred in Tarzan and the She-Devil together. See more »

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Stunning scenery, shame about the rest
27 May 2014 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

Woeful title aside, CODE 7, VICTIM 5 is a would-be, South African-set detective story from prolific B-movie producer Harry Alan Towers, who also wrote the thing under his 'Peter Welbeck' pseudonym. It stars man-of-the-moment Lex Barker as a private eye who's commissioned to investigate a mysterious murder among the upper crust in South Africa.

The best - and only good thing - about the movie is the location photography, captured in stunning detail by famed cinematographer Nicholas Roeg. This is a sunny, great-looking movie which allows you to see plenty of areas of the country usually missing in films; those drives around Table Mountain are particularly fine. A shame then, that the rest of the film is so sloppy.

The worst thing is undoubtedly Towers' script, which is mundane to say the least. Despite a few shoehorned-in fight scenes, this is dull, by-the-numbers stuff in which little happens to lift the story out of its lethargic gloom. Barker tours the country for a while, indulges in some light romance with a string of Euro-crumpet in scenes reminiscent of a Connery Bond flick, and finally tackles the villain whose identity is revealed at the climax.

The cast put in strictly ordinary performances and Barker fails to show even an ounce of charisma, so you end up wondering why was such a star of his day. He looks a little like a young Stephen Baldwin to me. Some of the action sequences are okay, like an impressive car chase early on, but for the most part this is a chore and rightly forgotten.


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