Cast & Crew
American engineer Brett Manders, an expert in the use of explosives, quits his job in the Middle East after being paid $5,000 to extinguish an oil fire. Brett plans to fly from Baghdad to London to reunite with his girl friend, Pat Patterson, so Ismael, a truck driver who works for the oil firm, offers to give him a ride to Baghdad. They are accompanied by the alluring Men Hassa, who is attracted Brett. Unknown to Brett, both Ismael and Men Hassa are working for a secret political group to ensure that Brett boards the London-bound plane. Upon reaching Baghdad, however, Men Hassa defies orders by inviting Brett to her apartment and seducing him to convince him to stay. The next morning, the womanizing Brett leaves Men Hassa, but when he calls from the airport to say goodbye, she begs him to come back. Having overheard their conversation, Ismael kills Men Hassa. After a stop in Algiers, Brett reaches London, where a man named William Cross unexpectedly comes to his hotel room and offers him $100,000 to perform an unspecified task, then arranges to meet Brett later that night. While informing Pat about the meeting, the unprincipled Brett declares that his only interest is in the money, not in what he has to do to earn it. That evening, Cross brings his employer, Arnold Langford, to Brett's hotel room, where Langford explains that he wants Brett to kill Ibraham Sayed, an envoy sent by the United States to bring peace to the Middle East, a development that would curtail Langford's sales of armaments. Sayed, who is to arrive in London in three days, will be driving from the airport to his home in Mayville Square, and Langford proposes blowing up the envoy's car as it reaches his house. Langford suggests that Brett work with Tommy, a mechanic who can help assemble the bomb. Upon discovering that there is a vacant house for sale across from Sayed's property, Brett and Pat, posing as prospective buyers, gain access to the building and Brett makes a mold of the key. Meanwhile, Maj. Osborne and Lt. Jeff Collins of British Intelligence are notified of Men Hassa's murder and learn that she has a brother, Nuri, who works for Trans Desert Airways in London. As Brett meets with Tommy that night, Jeff slips into the Trans Desert office and photographs some papers documenting the airline's travel routes and ownership. At the house on Mayville Square, Tommy and Brett discover a tunnel leading under the road and decide to place the bomb there. When Brett relates his plan to Langford, Langford asks him to come to the Trans Desert warehouse later that evening. Meanwhile, at headquarters, Jeff develops the film and learns that Trans World is owned by Langford and Cross, who were formerly officers in the German army and are now proprietors of an export company. Realizing that they may be using the airlines to smuggle armaments, Osborne and Jeff decide to investigate the Trans Desert warehouse. They arrive just as Cross, Langford and Brett are opening cases of explosives. In the ensuing shootout, Jeff is wounded and Cross is killed. Concerned for Jeff's safety, Osborne pulls him from the warehouse, allowing Brett and Langford to escape. As a medic tends his wound, Jeff remembers that one of the men spoke with an American accent. A search of Americans who have recently arrived from Baghdad, the airline's base, turns up Brett's name. Upon discovering that Brett worked at the same company as Men Hassa, Osborne puts out an all-points bulletin for him. On the day before Sayed's arrival, Brett tells Pat to meet him at the airfield the following afternoon. The next day, Brett goes to Tommy's workshop to pick up the bomb. Tommy, who is having second thoughts, suggests that they double-cross Langford and turn him in to the police for a reward. When Tommy pulls out his gun, Brett knocks him unconscious, takes the bomb and proceeds to Mayville Square. As Brett sets up the explosives, Langford comes to await Sayed's arrival. While packing her suitcase, Pat hears a radio news broadcast reporting that Sayed's plane has landed and he is currently on his way to his house on Mayville Square. Recognizing the address as across the street from the house they visited, Pat realizes that Sayed is Brett's target. Aware Sayed's elimination would endanger the possibility for peace in the Middle East, Pat hails a cab to drive her to Mayville Square so that she can warn Sayed of his danger. Finding the road closed, Pat jumps out of the cab and runs toward Sayed's car. When Brett sees Pat approaching and tries to warn her, Langford prematurely detonates the bomb, killing Pat but sparing Sayed. Thinking that he has been double-crossed, Langford shoots Brett, but before dying, Brett pulls a grenade from his case and hurls it at Langford, blowing him up.
Charles F. Vetter Jr.
The British release title of the film was West of Suez. Winwell Productions, Ltd. was owned by producers Derek Winn, and Bill and Kay Luckwell. Onscreen credits read "Introducing Kay Callard," however, Callard had previously appeared in several films. Although a Hollywood Reporter production chart places Anton Diffring in the cast, his appearance in the released film has not been confirmed. The Fighting Wildcats marked the directorial debut of actor Keefe Brasselle. Modern sources add Harry Fowler (Tommy) to the cast. The Monthly Film Bulletin lists stand-by director Arthur Crabtree as the director of West of Suez.