rare and valuable golden Cellini is stolen - and the
debonair Jason King find his love life interrupted seven
thousand miles away.
golden Cellini antique salt cellar that was apparently
lost in a fire in Italy in 1623 has come to light. It
is in the collection of a wealthy Californian, Deshfield
(LESLIE FRENCH), hidden away in a secret room
in his house on the coast.
is, until Frankie Luca (LEE PATTERSON) comes
on the scene.
the Cellini is stolen and rushed across the Atlantic,
seven thousand miles to Paris where there is a prospective
customer willing to pay a cool half million dollars
to get it. The buyer is Phillipe de Brion (ANTON
RODGERS). who first discovered the Cellini and was
tricked by Deshfield into believing it valueless.
Mallen (CLINTON GREYN), a handsome adventurer
with a remarkable record of success in retrieving stolen
goods, is called in by Deshfield to get the Cellini
back, and promptly flies to Paris on its trail. Deshfield's
mistress, Martine (JOANNA DUNHAM) follows, ostensibly
to keep and eye on Mallen, but in reality to join up
with Frankie as she is his partner in the theft.
Paris, Mallen contacts his old friend Jason King (PETER
WYNGARDE) the debonair writer who is taking time
off from fiction to spend a few pleasant days with the
delectable Jonquil (MADELINE SMITH). Mallen asks
King to provide an introduction to de Brion. King senses
a new plot for his Mark Caine' novels, and agrees to
the introduction at a high-staked game of poker.
Mallen is shot at and nearly killed by a mysterious
sniper, King is intrigued, and for the moment forgets
his interlude with Jonquil. De Brion has, meanwhile,
been contacted by Frankie, who offers to provide proof
that he has the genuine Cellini.
day, Mallen follows de Brion to the meeting and picks
up the trail of Frankie Luca. He breaks into Frankie's
hotel room and searches for the missing Cellini.
a well-rigged booby trap set up by Frankie to protect
his 'investment', Mallen finds the Cellini and takes
it from the room. Back at King's apartment he telephones
the airline and books a one-way ticket back to California
but as he fixes details, King examines the antique.
that glistens in not gold. The Cellini is a fake.....
That Glistens : Part 2