THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

CAN HE DO IT?

​​THE WEBER MOVIE COUNTDOWN

KALEIDOSCOPE (1966)

 
This is a virtually forgotten Warren Beatty film from the mid 60s – indeed, it is the film he chose to do right before he went to work on Bonnie & Clyde, the film that made him a star and changed his life.  He picked this film because he felt it would not be terribly taxing before his next project, and actually stood a chance of becoming a hit.  It’s a light caper/comedy film.  Beatty is playboy Barney Lincoln, who flies to Geneva.  He checks into his hotel and at night, after donning a cat burglar outfit, swings from his hotel window to the playing card company across the street, gaining entry quite easily.    He spends the next few hours marking the sheets the cards will be printed from and then heads across Europe to play poker – and guess what cards ALL the big casinos use?  Yep.  He latches onto a pretty, quirky lady named Angel (Susannah York), in England, who then travels with him – but not before alerting her dad (Clive Revill), who’s with Scotland Yard.  He forces Barney to take on Dominion (Eric Porter).  They want his casino to go down in financial ruins – he’s also a global narcotics dealer.  The climatic poker scene is quite tense, especially after Dominion’s henchman finds some older (non-marked) cards in storage and Barney actually has to play poker!  Kaleidoscope is a fun little thing, no wonder it’s been forgotten all of these years, but a pleasant enough hour and a half or so.  York is perky and adorable and Revill as her dad is quite amusing.  Available via Warner Archive.

 

TLA one-word review: intriguing