|JIGSAW (director: James Goldstone; screenwriters: Quentin Werty/Peter Stone/based on the novel, "Fallen Angel," by Howard Fast; cinematographer: John L. Russell; editor: Edward A. Biery; music: Quincy Jones; cast: Bradford Dillman (Jonathan Fields), Harry Guardino (Arthur Belding), Hope Lange (Helen Atterbury), Pat Hingle (Lew Haley), Diana Hyland (Sarah), Victor Jory (Dr. Edward Arkroyd), Paul Stewart (Dr. Simon Joshua), Susan Saint James (Ida), Michael J. Pollard (Dill), Roy Jenson (Arnie); Runtime: 97; MPAA Rating: R; producer: Ranald MacDougall; Universal Pictures; 1968)|
|"This time LSD makes the
scientist hero forgetful."
by Dennis Schwartz
is a remake of the 1965 Mirage, an amnesia-based
thriller which starred Gregory Peck. It was made for
NBC, but initially received a
theater release. It's based
on the novel "Fallen Angel" by Howard Fast
(author of Spartacus). The writers are Quentin
Werty (the pseudonym for Quentin
Werty) and Peter
time LSD makes the scientist hero forgetful.
Director James Goldstone ("Calamity
Jane"/"Rollercoaster"/"Winning") does a nice job
keeping things psychedelic, in a film that's quite
Dillman plays the scientist
Jonathan Fields, who can't remember why he woke up in
a stranger's apartment with a dead woman in
the bathtub. It turns out she's the mistress of an
executive. Before that incident, Fields was
unaware that he was drinking coffee with LSD sugar
To solve the mystery and find out if he's responsible for the murder, Fields calls in the brusque private eye Arthur Belding (Harry Guardino) to investigate. Fields agrees to take LSD again in an attempt to refresh his memory about the previous night.
turns out that a worker under Fields, Lew
Haley (Pat Hingle), put the hallucinogens
in his coffee in order to compromise
him in a intricate blackmail scheme, whereby he would
get Fields' esteemed top job at Thought,
Inc., a think tank, and also his girlfriend
(Hope Lange) if can implicate Fields with the murder.
J. Pollard plays a hippie LSD pusher. Victor
Jory, as usual, plays a bad guy. He's the
top executive at the think tank who is being
blackmailed by Haley for his extra-curricular affair.
The mistress was killed by Haley when she threatened
to blab, and Jory later killed the executive for
knowing too much. Pollard and Jory are two fine
character actors who make any pic they're in a trip.
REVIEWED ON 4/18/2015 GRADE: B-
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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