The File of the Golden Goose

The File of the Golden Goose
Directed by Sam Wanamaker
Produced by David E. Rose
Edward Small (executive)[1]
Written by Robert E. Kent
Screenplay by John C. Higgins
Story by John C. Higgins
Music by Harry Robertson
Cinematography Ken Hodges
Edited by Oswald Hafenrichter
Caralan Productions Ltd.
Dador Productions
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
  • 1 June 1969 (1969-06-01) (UK)
Running time
109 minutes
Country UK
Language English

The File of the Golden Goose is a 1969 British thriller film directed by Sam Wanamaker and starring Yul Brynner, Charles Gray and Edward Woodward.[2] Its plot involves an American detective being sent to Britain to track down a major international criminal.[3]

It is a reworking of the 1947 film T-Men, directed by Anthony Mann.

Plot Summary

A trail of counterfeit hundred dollar bills has been discovered in several places around the world. When this comes to the attention of the Secret Service, they assign one of their top men, Pete Novak (Yul Brynner), to the case of finding out who is producing and distributing them.

Pete realizes that this is an assignment that demands his full attention, so he immediately breaks up with his girlfriend in preparation for the journey he must take. Before Pete can even begin his search, he is ambushed by a gang of hoodlums trying to shoot him down as they drive by outside his home. He concludes that the gang must have been tipped off by someone on the inside of the service about his new assignment. He manages to kill them, but discovers afterwards that the killers has accidentally shot and killed his ex-girlfriend in the process.

The killing of the girlfriend makes the whole assignment very personal for Pete. To begin the search for the counterfeit distributor, he travels across the Atlantic to London, England, to visit the Scotland Yard headquarters, since they are in charge of the counterfeit investigation in Europe. There, he meets up with Superintendent Sloane (John Barrie) of the Yard, who arranges for him to be partnered by an investigator by the name of Arthur Thompson (Edward Woodward). Arthur is a very happily married jolly old copper, who manages to ignore all of Pete’s remarks about the inappropriateness of being a married man working as an agent or policeman.

Pete and Arthur start infiltrating the counterfeit organization, posing as members of the Golden Goose gang - a gang that has been all but erased from the face of the earth by the police. They use their fake identities to hide their undercover infiltration from the head of the illegal operation, The Owl Harrison (Charles Gray), and are ultimately successful in stopping the counterfeit operation.[4]



  1. 'Kremlin Letter' Set in Spring Martin, Betty. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) [Los Angeles, Calif] 27 Aug 1968: d17.
  3. The Screen: Spy Story: Golden Goose' Treads a Familiar Trail Thompson, Howard. New York Times (1923-Current file) [New York, N.Y] 3 October 1969: 34.
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