"Red Herring" is Michael Hollinger's spoof of the film noir spy movies of the thirties and forties. Set in 1952, America is developing the H-bomb and the Russians are after information. Unfortunately the spy they are using, Andre Borchevsky, is not very bright. Agents Maggie Pelletier and Frank Keller are trying to find him. They also are in love. Andre has been having an affair with his American contact's wife, and she has killed her husband to be with him. When the agents begin to suspect something, she persuades Andre to pretend to be her husband. Their plot works for awhile, but things go awry when the fiance of a naval officer who has the plans for the bomb tries to make contact with the dead contact. Hollinger creates a clever farce of mistaken identity.
This report prepared by Jack Goodstein