A good idea goes awry here as Erdman's novel is given a hopelessly convoluted script. Instead of aligning the script with the book, the scriptwriters created a twisting adaptation. Save for Smothers, the characters are all despicable and greedy. Caine travels to Switzerland to open a bank
for Balsam, a gangster of the old-fashioned school. Caine is assisted by Jourdan, who has his own swindle in mind. The two meet Audran, who is partnered with Warner in an Iranian silver mine. At the same time another banker, Ackland, sends Smothers and his wife, Shepherd, to Switzerland to buy a
bank as a front for Gray, a billionaire metals mogul who would like a place to hide hi...