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The Missing Scientists (1955)

Irene Papas still

Two atomic scientists go missing at the height of the Cold War in this low budget propaganda piece. Jackie Collins (the same!) calls in about her hubby Manfredi and there’s a pretty indecipherable cat and mouse narrative as the defecting scientists try to get to the East and a US commissioner attempts to stop them. I couldn’t believe I was looking at Irene Papas (photographed here) playing Kurt Kreuger’s girlfriend, as she looks totally different from her famous roles in films like The Guns of Navarone. Made by Steve Sekely, a writer/director/producer from Budapest who had  a long career starting in Europe but then spent years in the US and the UK, where he made the brilliant Day of the Triffids in 1962. Low on thrills, sense and most everything else. A curiosity.

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