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A Man Called Dagger

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Director  Richard Rush
Music director  Steve Allen
Country  USA
6/10 IMDb

Genre  Action, Thriller
Language  English
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Release date  1967 (1967)
Writer  Leighton J. Peatman, Robert S. Weekley
Screenplay  Robert S. Weekley, Leighton J. Peatman
Cast  Paul Mantee (Dick Dagger), Terry Moore (Harper Davis), Jan Murray (Rudolph Koffman / Hans Leitel), Sue Ane Langdon (Ingrid), Eileen O'Neill (Erica), Maureen Arthur (Joy)
Similar movies  The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Back to the Future, Mission: Impossible, 21 Jump Street, Never Say Never Again, Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Tagline  The Sharpest Secret Agent of Them All!

A Man Called Dagger (1968) is a low-budget spy film that was the first collaboration between director Richard Rush, cinematographer László Kovács and stuntman Gary Warner Kent (who also did the film's special effects).


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It was filmed in 1966 by Lew Horwitz's Global Screen Associates (GSA) under the title Why Spy? The film was originally intended to have been released by Mike Ripps' Cinema Distributors of America (CDA) in September 1966. When GSA and CDA's partnership collapsed, the film was picked up by MGM and released a year later.

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Secret agents Dick Dagger and Harper Davis are on the trail of former SS Colonel Rudolph Koffman, who is using a meat-packing plant as his secret lair.

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The wheelchair-bound Koffman's mistress, Ingrid, runs a beauty spa. A massage therapist there, Joy, reveals to Dagger that another employee, Erica, is being held captive in Koffman's secret lair. Erica has been brainwashed and tries to kill Dagger, but does not succeed.

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After the madman also kidnaps Harper, it is up to Dagger to stage a daring rescue operation. He is captured and tortured, but escapes thanks to a laser beam in his wristwatch. Koffman tries to kill him with a meat cleaver, but Dagger foils the villain and gets the women.


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  • Paul Mantee as Dick Dagger
  • Jan Murray as Rudolph Koffman
  • Terry Moore as Harper Davis
  • Maureen Arthur as Joy
  • Richard Kiel as Otto
  • Eileen O'Neill as Erica
  • Sue Ane Langdon as Ingrid
  • Bruno VeSota as Dr. Grulik
  • Mimi Dillard as Melissa
  • Leonard Stone as Karl Rainer
  • Score

    Steve Allen composed the film's score with Ronald Stein arranging and conducting it. Maureen Arthur sang Buddy Kaye's lyrics to Allen's title song.

    Deleted scenes

    Sue Ane Langdon recalled two scenes that did not make the final print. One featured a West Highland White Terrier whose fur was dyed to match Langdon's hair in the film. When she toured with the dog, people thought the fur colouring was hurting the dog. As a result, the dog's scenes were cut. She also recalled scenes of people hanging on meat hooks that were cut.


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