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Man on a String (1960)

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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Renowned director Andre De Toth (House of Wax) actually got permission to go into East Berlin and Moscow to film much of this pulse-pounding Cold War thriller, based on actual events. Academy Award(r)-winner Ernest Borgnine (1955, Best Actor, Marty) gives one of his finest performances as a Russian-born movie producer (inspired by composer Boris Morros) whose background makes him an ideal counterspy for the "CBI." He agrees to the deception, and, aided by agent Avery (Kerwin Mathews, The 7th Voyage of Sinbad), he pretends to defect - but how long can he keep up the charade? The crackerjack cast also includes Colleen Dewhurst, Alexander Scourby, Glenn Corbett and in bit parts, Ted Knight (in his film debut) and Seymour Cassel. Newly remastered.

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  • Actors: Ernest Borgnine, Colleen Dewhurst, Glenn Corbett, Kerwin Mathews
  • Directors: Andre De Toth
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: SPHE
  • DVD Release Date: March 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004CZZZ9A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #181,377 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Man on a String (1960)" on IMDb

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By Molly on February 7, 2015
Format: DVD
PLOT: Borgnine is a 'communist spy' living in the USA~ is blackmailed to work for the FBI~

1950s~ the height of the RED SCARE~ Ernest Borgnine is a Russian Born Hollywood director~ one of the BEST~ he is also a "COMMUNIST SPY" who is busy using his Hollywood parties to 'recruit' the rich and famous to work for the "communist spy network' operating in the USA~ MOSCOW sends Borgnine his father to the USA~ as a "reward" and to continue to MOTIVATE him. The FBI has been watching Borgine and his Communist Spy network. They decide to use good old BLACKMAIL to get Borgnine to work FOR the FBI~ Borgnine is recalled to Moscow~ He goes by way of EAST GERMANY. The Hotel is a delight as we see all the "spy gadgets" Borgnine gets to use to keep in contact with the FBI~ right under the communists noses. When he gets to Moscow he is living on borrowed time because he is soon denounced as a double agent and makes his escape back to EAST GERMANY but he is not safe yet. a first rate "chase" through the bombed out ruins of BERLIN is clearly a highlight of this movie~ The plot is a little thin but this spy yarn is pretty good from the first scene of a man being tossed off a train to the FBI showing us how they managed to tail and spy on the REDS living her in the USA~ Glad they finally released this on DVD~ one of the BETTER ~ RED SCARE movies. also try WALK EAST ON BEACON. ** THIS HAS some narration so I would call this a docu-drama. ***
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This one was a happy surprise for me, being as it is a competent quasi-noir/ semi-documentary along the lines of Assignment Paris and I Married a Communist/The Woman on Pier 13. Borgnine is surprisingly effective in the unlikely role of movie producer who moonlights as a good guy spy. Was this filmed on location? It sure looks that way with the seedy Berlin environs. BTW great, intrusive score by George Duning. And always fun seeing Alexander Scourby play an effete character, in this case of course a commie villain.
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This is a much appreciated addition to inventory of things that make my life as easy as one would like to have it. As a person who depends a lot on external sources for my professional fulfillment, I am very satisfied.
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