Murderers' Row (1966)

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Dean Martin reprises his role as Matt Helm, famed secret agent who is part James Bond and part Rat Packer, in Murderer's Row. The film concerns the nefarious plan of arch-villain Julian Wall (Karl Malden) to take over the world by kidnapping Dr. Norman Solaris (Richard Eastham), who has invented a "helio-beam" -- a device that can harness the rays of the sun to destroy the earth. To insure his plans go smoothly, Wall has eliminated most of the ICE (Intelligence and Counter-Espionage) agents. But luckily for the world, super-agent Matt Helm, having escaped from being boiled to death in his own swimming pool, is hot on Wall's trail. Traveling to the Riviera, Helm meets Solaris's mod daughter Suzie (Ann-Margret) and they team up to rescue her father. Helm poses as a gunman on the run and Wall hires him. Wall becomes suspicious when Helm saves Suzie's life after she is threatened by one of Wall's goons, but Matt and Suzie escape from Wall and make their way to his island fortress, where they must find Solaris and disarm the "helio-beam" before Wall destroys Washington, D.C.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Classics , Comedy , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Sony Pictures Entertainment

Cast

Dean Martin
as Matt Helm
Karl Malden
as Julian Wall
Ann-Margret
as Suzie Solaris
Richard Eastham
as Dr. Norman Solaris
Camilla Sparv
as Coco Duquette
James Gregory
as MacDonald
Beverly Adams
as Lovey Kravezit
Tom Reese
as Ironhead
Duke Howard
as Billy Orcutt
Jacqueline Fontaine
as Singer at Wake
Ted Hartley
as Guard
Marcel Hillaire
as Capt. Devereaux
Phillip Terry
as Dr. Rogas
Corinne Cole
as Miss January
Robert A. Terry
as Dr. Rogas
Dino Desi & Billy
as Themselves
Mary Jane Mangler
as The Slaygirl
Amedee Chabot
as The Slaygirl
Luci Ann Cook
as The Slaygirl
Marilyn Tindall
as The Slaygirl
Dee Duffy
as The Slaygirl
Jan Watson
as The Slaygirl
Dale Brown
as The Slaygirl
Mary Beth Hughes
as The Slaygirl
Lynn Hartoch
as The Slaygirl
Rena Horten
as The Slaygirl
Barbara Burgess
as The Slaygirl
Phillip Terry
as Dr. Rogas
Mary Hughes
as The Slaygirl
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Critic Reviews for Murderers' Row

All Critics (3)

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Full Review… | October 18, 2008
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New York Times
Top Critic

Dean Martin as an action hero is a bit much.

Full Review… | March 25, 2010
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

Very dated Matt Helm with Dean Martin, but has campy appeal.

October 16, 2008
Video-Reviewmaster.com

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June 25, 2005
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Audience Reviews for Murderers' Row

This second of four Matt Helm spy comedies may be an American film with a European flare, but it is more a basis for the Austin Powers franchise than any other 60s espionage adventure. Dean Martin sings a few songs on the soundtrack, which is a little disorienting as he appears on screen as a non-singing character. Martin's wise-cracking, womanizing, yet aging agent Matt Helm sets off on an impossibly zany case with flower child Suzie (Ann-Margret), the niece of a scientist who is being forced to serve a villain (Karl Malden) mad for world power. There is a definite generation gap expressed, yet this flick is so impossibly psychedelic and dated with cheesy effects and dialog that it is no wonder that James Bond is still remembered and Matt Helm has been filed away as a novelty.

Byron Brubaker
Byron Brubaker

Super Reviewer

½

Half the fun is watching for the little digs - whether they be about dating, society, or the rat-pack. Otherwise it's only a Bond flick with a tenth the budget.

Christopher Bergan
Christopher Bergan
½

The Matt Helm series of films were, at best, entertaining silliness, and, at worst, boring silliness. Often, each film had its moments of both. Here, Martin does his usual charming drunk thing and is perfectly adequate at it. The girls are nice. The plot is dumb. And the bad guys are just bad enough. Not my favourite of the series (I like The Ambushers the most) but fans of the spy spoof should find something worthwhile here.

Jeremy Bolton
Jeremy Bolton

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