Masquerade

  • 1965
  • Movie
  • NR
  • Adventure, Comedy

With picturesque scenes filmed in the Middle East and Spain, MASQUERADE looks better than it is. The only shortcoming in the otherwise all-British cast is Robertson in the lead. Great Britain and the mythical Arab country of Ramaut have been negotiating an oil lease deal, but it's fallen apart so Hawkins, a colonel who had saved the Arab country during...read more

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With picturesque scenes filmed in the Middle East and Spain, MASQUERADE looks better than it is. The only shortcoming in the otherwise all-British cast is Robertson in the lead. Great Britain and the mythical Arab country of Ramaut have been negotiating an oil lease deal, but it's fallen

apart so Hawkins, a colonel who had saved the Arab country during WW II, is called in on a strange assignment. His job is to kidnap Witty, the youthful heir to the throne, and keep him under wraps until it's time for him to assume the mantle of king, then have him sign the agreement favorable to

the English. To aid him in the nefarious scheme, Hawkins calls upon old pal Robertson, who is sent to Spain to meet Hawkins and Witty at a fabulous villa. Once there, he meets Mell and her cadre of criminals, then is knocked senseless and awakens to find that Witty is gone. The powers-that-be

think that Robertson is part of the cabal, but Hawkins, knowing better, defends him. Now Robertson learns that Hawkins is behind the whole plot and is planning to give Witty back to his uncle, Bernard, in return for a huge sum. Hawkins had become disenchanted by his bosses' greed and decided that

he wanted some of that money for himself. Robertson confronts Hawkins with the knowledge, and Hawkins immediately wants to cut the American in on the deal, but jut-jawed Robertson refuses. Hawkins leaves with Witty, and Robertson goes after them. While they are crossing a rope bridge, the ropes

break and Witty's and Hawkins' lives are saved by Robertson in a grand bit of derring-do. The whole thing has been witnessed by the British bosses, who mistake what Hawkins' motives were and reward him with a citation and a good job with the oil company. Witty is returned to his country, and

Robertson gets a bit of money for his troubles. Along the way, we've been treated to some high adventure in a traveling circus, a mysterious castle, and several gun battles. It's all done with tongue in cheek, and Hawkins is excellent as he parodies the stiff-upper-lip roles he's done so many

times for real. Robertson underplays his part to the point of somnabulism. There are more predicaments in this film than in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK, though not as well done.

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