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'Danger Has Two Faces: Cinema Archives'
(Robert Lansing, Dana Wynter, Murray Hamilton, Alexander Davion, et al / DVD / NR / (1967) 2016 / 20th Century Fox)

Overview: A compilation of episodes about international intrigue, spies, double agents, and the high-life of the rich. Mark Wainwright, the exact double of an American agent Peter Murphy (Robert Lansing plays both roles), catches the attention of the KGB. They assume he is the spy and so they kill Wainwright. When Murphy sees his exact double slain, he takes on the man’s identity and finds himself in the role of an international financier and playboy.

DVD Verdict: The premise of this TV movie is a good one. A look-alike character assumes the identity of another person. "Danger Has Two Faces," was one of many espionage films made in the first three decades of the Cold War. But, this one suffers from many weaknesses.

The plot is weak and bounces all over the place. The direction, camera work and editing are poor. In places they seem almost amateurish. One thing that stands out as amateurish are the fight scenes. I'm always amazed at how Hollywood makes fisticuffs seem so real – in all genres. Well, these TV folks needed many lessons. Robert Lansing's fights with East Germans are phony. We can clearly see several swings that don't appear to hit a person. He seems to pull punches and the reaction timing is terribly out of sync.

The acting is OK at best. There are some scenes when Lansing does very well as Peter Murphy and Mark Wainwright; but at other times he seems wooden. Dana Wynter also seems wooden at times. Perhaps those instances were due to lapses in the low-quality script. The actors seem at times to be waiting for a line response or for a scene cut. All that said, 'Danger Has Two Faces' is well worth your small TV viewing time, please believe me. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.