Topaz (1969)

What is TOPAZ? Is TOPAZ a person? A code name? A mystery? It’s all of these and more.

I watched this 1969 Universal Pictures Drama/Spy Thriller Alfred Hitchcock’s “Topaz” on Netflix DVD. This was the extended cut at 143 minutes. Don’t miss the Hitchcock cameo, about 30 minutes into the film. The defection of a high-ranking Soviet intelligence officer, Boris Kusenov, and his family, to the United States, could shed valuable information on what the Russians were setting up in Cuba, in 1962. CIA agent Mike Nordstrom learns of the missiles with nuclear warheads and recruits French agent André Devereaux to prove this intelligence.

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The Deadly Mantis (1957)

A Thousand Tons of Horror! From A Million Years Ago …

I watched the 1957 Universal-International science-fiction monster film “The Deadly Mantis” on Svengoolie. It was written and produced by William Alland (The Black Castle, It Came from Outer Space, Creature from the Black Lagoon, This Island Earth, Revenge of the Creature, Tarantula, The Creature Walks Among Us, The Mole People, The Land Unknown, The Colossus of New York, The Space Children, The Rare Breed). The film was directed by Nathan Juran (The Black Castle, 20 Million Miles to Earth, The Brain from Planet Arous,

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