October is the start of JBF's last theme for the year: a look at the films of master director, John Huston. We'll be watching & discussing three of his films; the first being today's feature: The List of Adrian Messenger. It is one of Huston's thrillers, but this time with a subtle difference. In this black & white 60's thriller, Kirk Douglas and George C. Scott are the leading actors, but other stars were brought in to play small cameo roles hidden under heavy disguises!
Here's a bit more about the movie (courtesy of IMDb).While visiting the estate of the Marquis of Gleneyre, retired MI-5 officer Anthony Gethryn is asked by old friend Adrian Messenger to look into the backgrounds of the ten people on a list he has made. He's somewhat secretive about what it is he wants to learn but Gethryn agrees. When Messenger is killed while en route to Montreal - a bomb explodes and destroys the aircraft in mid-flight - Gethryn comes to believe that Adrian's list should have perhaps had an eleventh name on it - that of Adrian Messenger. Most of those people have died, usually in the form of some accident or another and he is now convinced that they were all murdered. Working with a survivor from the airplane disaster, Max Karoudjian - himself a former fighter in the French Resistance during the war - Gleneyre tries to determine who would want to have them all killed.
Set in Ireland, one of Huston's favorite places, it is one of the director's lesser known films, but a favorite of many mystery & suspense fans - particularly for guessing which stars are playing which cameo roles. The hunt scenes in particular are not to be missed!
Come join us and see what gimmicks Huston comes up with that make The List of Adrian Messenger unique.