The Wrecking Crew (1969)

105 mins | Melodrama | 1969

Director:

Phil Karlson

Producer:

Irving Allen

Cinematographer:

Sam Leavitt

Editor:

Maury Winetrobe

Production Designer:

Joseph C. Wright

Production Company:

Meadway-Claude Productions #4
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HISTORY

Location scenes filmed in Palm Springs, Idyllwild, and the Walt Disney Ranch, California. The working title of this film is House of 7 Joys ... More Less

Location scenes filmed in Palm Springs, Idyllwild, and the Walt Disney Ranch, California. The working title of this film is House of 7 Joys . More Less

CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Helicopter seq
ART DIRECTOR
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost des
Dean Martin's ward des by
MUSIC
Mus comp & cond
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Dean martin's makeup by
Hairstyles
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
Karate adv
Prop master
Title des
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel The Wrecking Crew by Donald Hamilton (Greenwich, Conn., 1963).
SONGS
"House of 7 Joys," words and music by Mack David and Frank De Vol.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
House of 7 joys
Premiere Information:
New York opening: 5 February 1969
Copyright Claimant:
Meadway-Claude Productions #4
Copyright Date:
1 February 1969
Copyright Number:
LP36433
Physical Properties:
Sound
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
105
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

Special agent Matt Helm is called upon to prevent an international catastrophe when a billion dollars in gold intended to bolster the British economy is hijacked in Denmark by a crime ring headed by Count Contini. The Count's former mistress, Lola Medina, offers to help Matt, but she is killed by a bomb-rigged Scotch bottle before she can talk. Also eager to assist is Freya Carlson, an enthusiastic but bumbling young woman who has been assigned by the Danish tourist office to help Matt. Matt and Freya gain entry to the Count's mansion by posing as journalists, but they are forced to flee when they are attacked by members of the gang. Two of the Count's seductive aides, Linka Karensky and Yu-Rang, then separately attempt to lure Matt to his death, but their plans for an intimate but lethal rendezvous are interrupted by the timely, though clumsy, intervention of Freya. Eventually, Matt's superior, MacDonald, arrives on the scene. After revealing that Freya is actually a secret agent, he forces a showdown with the Count. As a result, Linka is killed in an ambush set for Matt and Freya, while MacDonald succeeds only in getting himself wounded. Matt and Freya then trail Contini to his chateau and utilize numerous gadgets to outwit their opponents. After Yu-Rang has been killed in one of several explosions, Matt and Freya make a getaway by means of Matt's portable, folding mini-copter and board the train on which the Count is taking the gold to Luxembourg. During the melee that follows, the Count falls to his death through a trap door. With the gold saved, the villains foiled, and the train controls set on automatic, ... +


Special agent Matt Helm is called upon to prevent an international catastrophe when a billion dollars in gold intended to bolster the British economy is hijacked in Denmark by a crime ring headed by Count Contini. The Count's former mistress, Lola Medina, offers to help Matt, but she is killed by a bomb-rigged Scotch bottle before she can talk. Also eager to assist is Freya Carlson, an enthusiastic but bumbling young woman who has been assigned by the Danish tourist office to help Matt. Matt and Freya gain entry to the Count's mansion by posing as journalists, but they are forced to flee when they are attacked by members of the gang. Two of the Count's seductive aides, Linka Karensky and Yu-Rang, then separately attempt to lure Matt to his death, but their plans for an intimate but lethal rendezvous are interrupted by the timely, though clumsy, intervention of Freya. Eventually, Matt's superior, MacDonald, arrives on the scene. After revealing that Freya is actually a secret agent, he forces a showdown with the Count. As a result, Linka is killed in an ambush set for Matt and Freya, while MacDonald succeeds only in getting himself wounded. Matt and Freya then trail Contini to his chateau and utilize numerous gadgets to outwit their opponents. After Yu-Rang has been killed in one of several explosions, Matt and Freya make a getaway by means of Matt's portable, folding mini-copter and board the train on which the Count is taking the gold to Luxembourg. During the melee that follows, the Count falls to his death through a trap door. With the gold saved, the villains foiled, and the train controls set on automatic, the mishap-prone Freya sets out to seduce the willing Matt. +

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Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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