Daryl Chase is a wealthy banker caught in a
convoluted money-laundering scheme. The cast of
characters includes agents from both the CIA and FBI,
a south of the border drug king, a dead governor, a
street-crazy silly guy and a dog. Griffin (Daryl) and
Jones (Freddy Tiffany) toggle between teammates and
enemies as Daryl seeks someone to trust in order to
re-gather his recently direly disrupted life.
Despite the talent of Griffin and Jones, "Double
Take" relies on a rather un-funny comedic script.
Directed well and produced professionally, the
production just can't build anything out of its
written foundation. Half of the entire crop of humor
is the result of a purposely-wandering glass eye. A
dueling-dance scene and a very funny dining car scene
comprise the few remaining yucks. Very slim
Easily overlooked will be the solid score and
sharply mixed sound track, without which watching
would have been a chore. The biggest problem is the
shortage of laughs, but the switching double-agents
thing and complexity of twists serve more to fumble
Freddy boasts, "I'm internationally known for
global mischief; Puerto Rico, Brazil, Cuba ... all
those Mexican countries."
Writer director George Gallo secured the rights to
a 1957 black and white Rod Steiger melodrama "Across
the Bridge" upon which he based "Double Take."