red rose has a dangerously prickly thorn for Jason King
when it identifies him as a hired killer.
collapse of an aircraft passenger, James Carson (MIKE
PRATT), causes a stir when Jason King (PETER
WYNGARDE) is flying to Switzerland. Jason gives
a helping hand to the ailing Carson, who is taken off
in an ambulance on arrival, leaving behind him a bunch
of red roses. The pretty stewardess, Anne Winters (ISLA
BLAIR), insists on Jason taking them, little guessing
that this is going to involve them both in dire danger.
a red rose is a form of identification for Carson, a
hired killer engaged on lethal mission by a Dr. Claudel
(ALAN MacNAUGHTAN), who runs a Swiss clinic.
arson is needed in a plot in which Professor D'Arblay
(TONY STEEDMAN) is involved to rob the Swiss
bank of which he is the custodian of deposits of a highly
valuable deposit - a sensational document that had been
placed in the Professor's keeping on the day of Adolf
is alarmed when approached by a West German Security
agent, Carl Hartman (DEREK NEWARK); but worse
is to follow. Dr. Claudel's beautiful assistant Simone
(BARBARA MURRAY), seeing Jason arrive at the
airport with the red roses, jumps to the conclusion
that he is Carson, soon makes his acquaintance, and
hands him a case containing a telescopic rifle, saying
he will receive his instructions later.
intrigued Jason decides that this is something that
cannot be ignored and seeks out Anne Winters to ask
her which hospital Carson is in; he also taken advantage
of the opportunity to date the attractive Anne, who
thus finds herself closely involved in the events that
ill, Carson discharges himself from hospital and makes
his way to the clinic, revealing to Dr. Claudel that
he is the man Simone should meet. Claudel is thus aware
that Jason is an impostor but decides to take advantage
of the situation. He makes contact with Jason who, with
Anne, accompanies Claudel in his car, which draws up
outside the clinic.
window is indicated. In a few moments, the victim will
be checking in and will be in clear line of sight for
the assassination. The victim is Professor D'Arblay.
As he sees him, Jason also sees James Carson and realises
that Claudel is aware of the deception. Forced at gunpoint
to fire, Jason aims at the electric light. Yet when
light is restored, the Professor is lying unconscious
on the floor. His death is reported to the police.
though, has taken the precaution of fixing a camera
to the rifle. At the moment he fired, the photograph
shows Carson with a gun pointing towards the Professor.
Claudel, everything has gone smoothly. The final chapter
can now be played out. But Jason has some more investigations
to make, and Anne has to face a menacing Carson. before
the truth is revealed, very much to Carl Hartman's delight.