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The Strange Affair (1968)

When rookie P.C. Strange falls for an under aged girl, he is unknowingly compromised by a pair of pornographers. Meanwhile, seasoned Det. Pierce is out to catch mob boss Quince and soon both plots intertwine.

Director:

David Greene

Writers:

Bernard Toms (novel), Stanley Mann (screenwriter)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael York ... Peter Strange
Jeremy Kemp ... Det. Sgt. Pierce
George A. Cooper ... Supt. Kingley
George Selway ... Sgt. Clancy
Artro Morris Artro Morris ... Insp. Evans
Richard Pearson ... Constable
Jeremy Wilkin Jeremy Wilkin ... P.C. Wills
Michael Gover Michael Gover ... Det. Chief Supt.
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Sgt. Mac
George Ghent George Ghent ... Sgt. Perry
Susan George ... 'Fred'
Madge Ryan ... Aunt Mary
George Benson George Benson ... Uncle Bertrand
Jack Watson ... Quince
Richard Vanstone Richard Vanstone ... Arthur Quince
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When rookie P.C. Strange falls for an under aged girl, he is unknowingly compromised by a pair of pornographers. Meanwhile, seasoned Det. Pierce is out to catch mob boss Quince and soon both plots intertwine.

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His name is P.C. Strange...Her name is Frederika...All of tonight's secrets will be used against them tomorrow! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 March 1969 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Skandal bei Scotland Yard See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bernard Toms, the author of the original novel, had been a London police officer before finding success as a writer. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Highlander: The Jamie McCrimmon Story (2005) See more »

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Arty drama about corruption in the Met
27 January 2015 | by ianbrown65See all my reviews

David Greene's assured direction makes this offbeat police thriller as notable as his first British film, The Shuttered Room, the previous year. Here he uses another fine jazz-score to counterpoint a sordid story (naïve rookie constable Michael York caught up in corruption in the London Metropolitan Police by detective Jeremy Kemp) with the same strange, almost dreamy quality.

By now, the anti-establishment Sixties was souring towards authority (compare the cynicism towards the police with, say, 1961's Jigsaw). But although initially Greene's telephoto camera-work gives the film a documentary feel, he proceeds to visualise Swinging London in almost David Hockney-like pictorial compositions (the shadow of a helicopter across the old Battersea power station, Susan George's kinky bedroom), all of which add to an unsettling air of unreality.

An oddity, but an original and arresting one.


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