the year: 1979
the genre: suspense...er, comedy
the cast: Jeffrey Byron (Luther Starling); Larry Cedar (Roger Pike); Frank Windsor (McGuffin)
the plot: An exciting adventure begins for a young American government agent when he witnesses the kidnapping of a noted European scientist in London. The only item left behind is a gold ring, inscribed with an address, that leads the agent into a massive conspiracy of international proportions. A baffling series of clues and a high-speed boat chase in the Port Of London add up to a superlative Disney mystery thriller!
Laney can probably vouch for the fact that this movie is a little corny...I mean, it's a DISNEY spy movie. Regardless, this was one of our favorites growing up - and always on the summer afternoon/green bean snapping list. This is definitely a hard-to-find gem...as evidenced by the fact that I could only find one - yes, one - pic related to this movie on the internet. But don't let that fool you. This is good clean fun...
count: how many vehicles the Scotland Yard detectives lose.
listen for: "I once had a cat named Luther!"
don't miss: the great ball bearing escape. And the cross-dressing escape.
also don't miss: the hot air balloon, the motorboat, the motorcycle with sidecar, the oceanliner, the tank...
Here's the opening scene - tell me this isn't the grooviest 70s spy movie music you've ever heard: