Masquerade (1965 film)

Masquerade is a 1965 British comedy thriller film directed by Basil Dearden based on the 1954 novel Castle Minerva by Victor Canning. It stars Cliff Robertson and Jack Hawkins[1] and was filmed in Spain. [2]

Directed byBasil Dearden
Produced byMichael Relph
Written byWilliam Goldman
Michael Relph
Based onCastle Minerva
by Victor Canning
StarringCliff Robertson
Jack Hawkins
Music byPhillip Green
CinematographyOtto Heller
Edited by John D. Guthridge
Michael Relph Productions (as Novus Films Limited)
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 23 August 1965 (1965-08-23)
Running time
102 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An Arab heir plots his own kidnapping in a desperate bid for peace in the Middle East.


Production notes

Rex Harrison was originally meant to star but he dropped out and Cliff Robertson was hired to replace him. The film was the first screen credit for novelist William Goldman who had been hired to Americanise the dialogue for Robertson (Robertson had just commissioned Goldman to adapt Flowers for Algernon into a screenplay).[3]

Filming started on 3 June 1964 at Pinewood Studios under the title The Shabby Tiger.[4] The unit then shifted to Madrid.[5]

Robertson's work on the film meant he had to turn down an offered part in Judith.[6]


  1. "Man in the Moon (1960) - Basil Dearden - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  2. MASQUERADE Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 32, Iss. 372, (Jan 1, 1965): 76.
  3. Goldman, William, Adventures in the Screen Trade 1982 p 170-173
  4. In British Film Los Angeles Times 11 May 1964: C19.
  5. Robertson in Madrid Los Angeles Times 27 June 1964: A8.
  6. FILMLAND EVENTS: Warners, 20th Make New Story Purchases Los Angeles Times 14 July 1964: C6.
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