The Secret Ways 10/10/20

KL Studio Classics

Producer-star Richard Widmark may have thought he was inventing a new kind of spy film but his adaptation of an Alistair MacLean novel just grinds the Cold War grist, mixing good atmosphere with unconvincing action derring-do. The handsome production makes good use of Austrian and Swiss locations and the unfamiliar cast is a big assist. German star Sonja Ziemann gets the plum role, but Hollywood’s discovery is the lovely Senta Berger. Co-starring Charles Regnier, Walter Rilla, Howard Vernon, Hubert von Meyerinck, Stefan Schnabel, Ady Berber, Reinhard Kolldehoff. On Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.