The Wrecking Crew (1969) HD online
|Complete credited cast:|
|Dean Martin||-||Matt Helm|
|Elke Sommer||-||Linka Karensky|
|Sharon Tate||-||Freya Carlson|
|Nigel Green||-||Count Massimo Contini|
|Tina Louise||-||Lola Medina|
|Wilhelm von Homburg||-||Gregor|
|Ted Jordan||-||Guard (as Ted H. Jordan)|
Dean Martin was so distraught over the murder of his The Wrecking Crew (1969) co-star and friend Sharon Tate that he abandoned the next already announced "Matt Helm" motion picture series installment (to be titled "The Ravagers") and never played the character again. This is contrary to the post that the series ended due to poor ratings.
Bruce Lee was the martial arts adviser for this film. He also was brought in to train and teach Sharon Tate with her martial arts scenes.
Film debut (as an extra) of Chuck Norris
Exteriors at 141 S. Carolwood Drive in Holmby Hills were used for the chateau owned by the Count Contini character. Built in 1936 the estate was known as 'Owlwood'. Co-founder of 20th Century Fox Studios 'Joseph Schenck', Tony Curtis and Sonny Bono & his then wife Cher are some of the famous who have owned the estate over the years. At the time 'The Wrecking Crew' was made the place was owned by Tony Curtis who was friends with Dean Martin and Sharon Tate both of whom starred in the film.
This was the final film in the Matt Helm series. Although plans were afoot for a fifth film ("The Ravagers"), as well as a proposed teaming with Frank Sinatra for "Matt Helm Meets Tony Rome," the poor box-office showing of both "The Wrecking Crew" and Sinatra's second go 'round as Rome in "Lady In Cement" brought the Matt Helm series to an end. This is contrary to the post that the series ended because Martin was too upset with the death of Sharon Tate.
The copy of Life Magazine Tina Louise is reading in the hotel lobby was the December 22, 1967 issue.
In the closing credits as had been done with prior Matt Helm films, the next Helm film was announced, titled The Ravagers. That film was never made. The Wrecking Crew was the last of the Helm films.
Karate champion Mike Stone was Dean Martin's fight double. Stone was Priscilla Presley's boyfriend after she left Elvis.
Columbia production number 8869.