When the exiled leader of a free party decides to return to his own country and attempt to remove the dictator currently in place there, several western governments are determined to stop him. A group is assembled, consisting of old friends, former lovers and hired assassins in order to dissuade him from returning “before his time”. This group is appalled at the lengths to which western intelligence will go to stop the man from returning, and they conspire together to allow him to leave. Their plans, however, are anticipated by western intelligence which will stop at nothing to stop him, no matter who gets in the way. —IMDb
Cyril Frankel (born December 1921, Stoke Newington, London) is a retired British film and television director. His career in television began in 1953 and he directed for over 30 TV programmes until 1990.
He directed many episodes of popular British TV shows, such as The Avengers, and the pilot episodes of the ITC Entertainment shows Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and Department S in 1969. In 1970, he directed “Timelash”, an episode of UFO, which he described as a very interesting script and one of his personal favourites.
Frankel also directed many documentaries and feature films, including Never Take Sweets from a Stranger (1960) and School for Scoundrels (1960; Robert Hamer was incorrectly credited as director). One of his films, Man of Africa (1953) – the first film to feature a cast made up of relatively unknown black actors – was not released and was apparently lost. A complete copy has since been discovered and has been screened at a number of international film… read more