The Deadly Affair

Synopsis: After Charles Dobbs, a security officer, has a friendly chat with Samuel Fennan from the Foreign Office, the man commits suicide. An anonymous typed letter had been received accusing Fennan of being a Communist during his days at Oxford and their chat while walking in the park was quite amiable. Senior officials want the whole thing swept under the rug and are pleased to leave it as a suicide. Dobbs isn't at all sure as there are a number of anomalies that simply can't be explained away. Dobbs is also having trouble at home with his errant wife, whom he very much loves, having frequent affairs. He's also pleased to see an old friend, Dieter Frey, who he recruited after the war. With the assistance of a colleague and a retired policeman, Dobbs tries to piece together just who is the spy and who in fact assassinated Fennan.
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Director(s): Sidney Lumet
Production: Sony Pictures Entertainment
107 min

Fennan and his wife lived down in...


At Walliston, I know that!

She went to the local theatre alone

this evening, well, yesterday evening now.

She came home about 10:45,

found he'd shot himself in the living room.

He left a sealed letter

addressed to the Foreign Secretary.

Has it been opened?

- Appleby.

- Has Dobbs arrived?

- Yes, Adviser.

- At once, please!

Save a kitten for me, darling!

Thank you.

The police believe it to be

a clear case of suicide.

- Do you?

- What I believe is not the point, Dobbs.

The point is,

the Foreign Office believe the police.

It's unfortunate

that in this distressing matter

we are now answerable

to the two public bodies

with whom our current relations

are most, shall I say, uneasy.

If, of course, there are facts

not included in your confidential report

which point to Fennan's suicide for reasons

other than his interview with you,

I shall be happy to hear about them.

Are there?

- Have they opened his suicide letter?

- They're photostatting the original.

It was typed on Fennan's own machine

and signed with what's indubitably

his own signature.

It carries not only the date, January the 3rd,

but also the time, 10:30 p.m.

That's a little unusual.

A methodical man

could still be methodical in extremis.

"My dear Minister, after some hesitation

I have decided to take my life.

"I cannot spend my remaining years

under a cloud of suspected disloyalty.

"I realise that I am the victim of

paid informers and that my career is ruined.

"Yours sincerely, Samuel Fennan."

- May I have your comments?

- Yes, you may.

- He must have been raving mad.

- The letter sounds perfectly sane.

But so did he when I interviewed him!

He was a little over-talkative perhaps,

but I put that down

to understandable nervousness.

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Paul Dehn

Paul Dehn (pronounced “Dane”; 5 November 1912 – 30 September 1976) was a British screenwriter, best known for Goldfinger, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, Planet of the Apes sequels and Murder on the Orient Express. Dehn and his partner, James Bernard, won the Academy Award for best Motion Picture story for Seven Days to Noon. more…

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