The Venetian Affair (film)


The Venetian Affair is a 1967 spy film directed by Jerry Thorpe and starring Robert Vaughn and Elke Sommer.[1] It is based on a novel of the same name by Helen MacInnes.[2][3][4]

The Venetian Affair
Theatrical release poster by Frank McCarthy
Directed byJerry Thorpe
Written byE. Jack Neuman
Produced byE. Jack Neuman
Jerry Thorpe
StarringRobert Vaughn
Elke Sommer
Felicia Farr
Karl Boehm
Boris Karloff
Roger C. Carmel
Luciana Paluzzi
CinematographyMilton R. Krasner
Edited byHenry Berman
Music byLalo Schifrin
Distributed byMetro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date
  • January 18, 1967 (1967-01-18)
Running time
89 minutes
CountryUnited States


A former CIA agent, Bill Fenner, now a downbeat, loner journalist, is sent to Venice to investigate the shock suicide bombing by an American diplomat at a peace conference.

CIA chief Frank Rosenfeld specifically requests Fenner come out of retirement because one of the suspects in the case is Fenner's ex-wife, Sandra Fane, who is believed to be a Communist sympathizer. A secret report by Dr. Vaugiroud could be the key, but Fenner's and Fane's lives are greatly endangered, particularly at the hands of a mysterious man named Wahl, while trying to unravel the plot.



The Venetian Affair was shot on location in Venice, Italy.[5]


The Venetian Affair was released in theatres on January 18, 1967. The film was released on DVD by Warner Archive Collection on October 18, 2011.[6]


Bosley Crowther of The New York Times wrote in his review: "It's a totally inane and posy picture about an American newspaper photographer who gets involved in an international intrigue in Venice which has something to do with obtaining a secret report. [...] Some nice color photography in Venice is the only plus feature of this film, which is based on a novel by Helen MacInnes."[7]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "The Venetian Affair". Turner Classic Movies. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  2. ^ MacInnes, Helen (1963). The Venetian Affair. San Diego: Harcourt. ISBN 978-0151935017.
  3. ^ Britton 2006, p. 151.
  4. ^ Goble 1999, p. 649.
  5. ^ Jacobs 2011, p. 474.
  6. ^ "The Venetian Affair". Warner Archive Collection. Burbank, California. October 18, 2011. ASIN B005JJCMRG. Retrieved November 18, 2016.
  7. ^ Crowther, Bosley (January 19, 1967). "Screen: 'Venetian Affair':Spy Movie Withholds Too Many Secrets The Cast". The New York Times. Retrieved November 18, 2016.


  • Britton, Wesley Alan (2006). Onscreen and Undercover: The Ultimate Book of Movie Espionage. Santa Barbara, California: Praeger Publishers. p. 151. ISBN 978-0275992811.
  • Alan Goble, ed. (1999). The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Munich: De Gruyter Saur. p. 649. ISBN 978-3598114922.
  • Jacobs, Stephen (2011). Boris Karloff: More Than a Monster (1st ed.). Sheffield: Tomahawk Press. p. 474. ISBN 978-0955767043.

External linksEdit

  • The Venetian Affair at IMDb