The count has stolen enough gold to cause a financial crisis in the world markets so I.C.E. sends in ace spy Matt Helm to stop him. As Matt works alone, the British send in Freya to aid ... See full summary »
When the overworked and stressed-out White House presidential shrink runs away, the CEA and the FBR scramble to retrieve him before he could be abducted by various competing foreign intelligence services.
Theodore J. Flicker
In order to get back into the good graces with his wife with whom he has had a misunderstanding, a young chemistry professor concocts a wild story that he is an undercover FBI agent. To ... See full summary »
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
Stella Stevens and Arthur O' Connell, co-stars here, would co-star again a few years later in "The Poseidon Adventure" (1973). See more »
When Nancy Kovack's character Barbara is shot twice before she can stab Helm, the sound is that of a suppressed gun. The gun Daliah Lavi fired had no suppressor (commonly called a silencer). See more »
The Silencers was ostensively based on Donald Hamilton's novel featuring government assassin Matt Helm. Perhaps unfortunately, they took little more than the name of the title character and a few other characters from Hamilton's novel. In Hamilton's books Helm was a government assassin (code name: Eric) working for an unnamed government agency, who had a stronger resemblance to Sam Spade or Mike Hammer than James Bond. He was of Scandinavian descent and made a living writing Westerns between his service in WW II as a secret agent and his reactivation as such in the first novel (Death of a Citizen). I can imagine the surprise of fans of the novels when this movie came out! No hard nosed government assassin, Matt Helm in the movie is little more than Dean Martin doing his usual Dean Martin routine!
That having been said, I can't help liking the film. True, it's not Hamilton's Matt Helm, but it is a bit of Sixties camp that can be enjoyed on its own merits. The Dean Martin persona seems perfectly fitted for a poor man's "James Bond" and Stella Stevens is simply adorable. Probably my biggest complaint with the movie is the music, which is almost annoying. True, The Silencers is not a classic in the espionage genre (it's not even a classic in Bondian espionage genre), but it is a fun way to waste one's time.
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