The Trygon Factor

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The Trygon Factor
Trygon Factor.jpg
Directed by Cyril Frankel
Produced by Ian Warren
Horst Wendlandt
Written by Derry Quinn
Stanley Munro
based on a novel by Edgar Wallace
Starring Stewart Granger
Susan Hampshire
Robert Morley
Music by Peter Thomas
Cinematography Harry Waxman
Edited by Oswald Hafenrichter
Distributed by J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Warner Bros.-Seven Arts (US)
Release date
December 1966 (West Germany)
May 1967 (UK)
Running time
88 min.
Country United Kingdom, West Germany
Language English, German
Box office 73,066 admissions (France)
605,412 admissions (Spain)
1.6 million
(West Germany)[1]

The Trygon Factor is a 1966 British-West German crime film directed by Cyril Frankel and starring Stewart Granger, Susan Hampshire and Robert Morley. It is one of the films based on works by Edgar Wallace of the 1960s[2] and its German title is Das Geheimnis der weißen Nonne. The film is based on the Edgar Wallace novel Kate Plus Ten.


A Scotland Yard inspector is called to investigate a series of unsolved robberies. Inspector Cooper-Smith (Stewart Granger) arrives at the country manor of a respectable English family. He discovers Livia Emberday (Cathleen Nesbitt), the mistress of the house, has turned to crime in order to bolster the family's flagging fortunes. With assistance from an order of bogus nuns, stolen goods end up in the warehouse of Hamlyn (Robert Morley), purportedly a respectable businessman.[3]



The film premiered in West Germany on 16 December 1966.[4]

Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times called it a "farcical British crime drama";[5] Variety noted, "a complicated Scotland Yard whodunit which the spectator will find taxing to follow...Script is pocketed with story loopholes and attempts to confuse, plus certain motivations and bits of business impossible to fathom. Granger still makes a good impression";[6] while Allmovie wrote, "there are plenty of twists in the storyline of this often complex mystery feature."[7]

Cast member Susan Hampshire called the film "another B picture. Very often I did films because of tax demands" and said Stewart Granger had a big ego, but felt "we had a very interesting director in that film, Cyril Frankley, and I think it was one of the best acting performances I've ever given."[8]


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