The Trygon Factor

The Trygon Factor is a 1966 British-West German crime film directed by Cyril Frankel and starring Stewart Granger, Susan Hampshire and Robert Morley. It is one of the films based on works by Edgar Wallace of the 1960s[2] and its German title is Das Geheimnis der weißen Nonne/ Mystery of the White Nun.

The Trygon Factor
Directed byCyril Frankel
Produced byIan Warren
Horst Wendlandt
Written byDerry Quinn
Stanley Munro
based on a novel by Edgar Wallace
StarringStewart Granger
Susan Hampshire
Robert Morley
Music byPeter Thomas
CinematographyHarry Waxman
Edited byOswald Hafenrichter
Production
company
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (US)
Release date
December 1966 (West Germany)
May 1967 (UK)
Running time
88 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom, West Germany
LanguageEnglish, German
Box office73,066 admissions (France)
605,412 admissions (Spain)
1.6 million
(West Germany)[1]

The film is based on the Edgar Wallace novel Kate Plus Ten.[3]

Plot

A Scotland Yard inspector is called to investigate a series of unsolved robberies. Inspector Cooper-Smith (Stewart Granger) arrives at the country manor of a respectable English family. He discovers Livia Emberday (Cathleen Nesbitt), the mistress of the house, has turned to crime in order to bolster the family's flagging fortunes. With assistance from an order of bogus nuns, stolen goods end up in the warehouse of Hamlyn (Robert Morley), purportedly a respectable businessman.[4]

Cast

Release

The film premiered in West Germany on 16 December 1966.[5]

Critical reception

The Radio Times called it a "farcical British crime drama";[6] Variety noted, "a complicated Scotland Yard whodunit which the spectator will find taxing to follow...Script is pocketed with story loopholes and attempts to confuse, plus certain motivations and bits of business impossible to fathom. Granger still makes a good impression";[7] while Allmovie wrote, "there are plenty of twists in the storyline of this often complex mystery feature."[8]

Cast member Susan Hampshire called the film "another B picture. Very often I did films because of tax demands" and said Stewart Granger had a big ego, but felt "we had a very interesting director in that film, Cyril Frankley, and I think it was one of the best acting performances I've ever given."[9]

Soundtrack

The soundtrack composed by Peter Thomas was released in 1968 on a library LP (production music) "Jazz Graphics / The Spy Set" - KPM 1042 without any reference to the film. The LP is currently available as Online release - again without any reference to the film. Parts of the soundtrack can be found on the CD "Kriminalfilmmusik - Peter Thomas", BSC Musik GmbH (2000).

References

  1. Box office information for Stewart Granger films in France at Box Office Story
  2. "Das GEHEIMNIS DER WEISSEN NONNE". BFI.
  3. TRYGON FACTOR, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 34, Iss. 396, (Jan 1, 1967): 111.
  4. "The Trygon Factor (1969) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  5. "Filmportal: Das Geheimnnis der weißen Nonne". Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  6. Tom Hutchinson. "The Trygon Factor". RadioTimes.
  7. "Advertisement". Variety.
  8. "The Trygon Factor (1969) - Trailers, Reviews, Synopsis, Showtimes and Cast - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  9. Brian MacFarlane, An Autobiography of British Cinema, Methuen 1997 p 278
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