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Ambrose Grayson (story)
Ted Kavanagh (by arrangement with)
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Release Date:
2 October 1950 (UK) See more »
Special Agent Dick Barton has been assigned to recover a kidnapped professor and de-activate a death ray before catastrophe occurs and World War III is declared. | Add synopsis »
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Second of the Dick Barton films is a vast improvement over the first as Barton investigates a stolen death ray See more (4 total) »


  (in credits order)
Don Stannard ... Dick Barton
Tamara Desni ... Anna
George Ford ... Snowey White
Meinhart Maur ... Serge Volkoff
Joyce Linden ... Mary Mitchell
Percy Walsh ... Professor Mitchell
Campbell Singer ... Sir George Cavendish
John Arnatt ... Jackson
Richard George ... Inspector Slade
Beatrice Kane ... Betsy Horrock

Patrick Macnee ... Phillips (as Patrick McNee)
George Crawford ... Boris
Paddy Ryan ... Fingers
Fred Owens ... A Gangster (as Fred Owen)
Yoshihide Yanai ... Chang
Ted Butterfield ... Tommy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Arthur Howard ... Minor Role (uncredited)
Eliot Makeham ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Henchman (uncredited)
Ross Parker ... Stall Holder (uncredited)
Ben Williams ... Submarine Captain Korczanski (uncredited)

Directed by
Godfrey Grayson 
Writing credits
Ambrose Grayson (story)

Ted Kavanagh (by arrangement with)

Jackson Budd  (as Jackson C. Budd) and
Ambrose Grayson  screen play &
Emma Trechman  screen play

Produced by
Henry Halstead .... producer
Original Music by
Rupert Grayson 
Frank Spencer (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Stanley Clinton (director of photography) (as Stanley Clinton M.B.K.S.)
Film Editing by
Max Brenner 
Casting by
Edgar Blatt 
Art Direction by
James Marchant  (as J. Marchant)
Makeup Department
Teddy Edwardes .... makeup artist (as Teddy Edwards)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Eric Veendam .... assistant director
Sound Department
Charles Hasher .... sound recordist (as C. Hasher)
Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Rose .... camera operator
Stanley Clinton .... camera operator (uncredited)
Casting Department
Mary Harris .... casting manager
Costume and Wardrobe Department
G. Hollis .... hair stylist
Editorial Department
Dodo Elliot .... assembly cutter
Music Department
Frank Spencer .... conductor
Frank Spencer .... music arranger
Charles Williams .... composer: theme music (uncredited)
Other crew
Prudence Sykes .... continuity

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68 min
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Did You Know?

Hammer Studios planned many more of the Dick Barton series. However, coming home from a cast party to celebrate the release of the previous film in the series, Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949), the star, Don Stannard, wrecked the car he was driving and was killed instantly. Sebastian Cabot was also in the car but was only slightly injured.See more »
Dick Barton:You'll never get away with it, Volkoff!
Serge Volkoff:Oh, but I shall, Mr. Barton. We'll see who makes world headlines - you or I. Au revoir, my friend.
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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Second of the Dick Barton films is a vast improvement over the first as Barton investigates a stolen death ray, 15 March 2006
Author: dbborroughs from Glen Cove, New York

The film opens with a government agent being chased through the dark Limehouse streets (he's played by a young Patrick Macnee of the Avengers). He is killed and papers taken off his body. However before he could be killed he placed a call to Dick Barton, another agent. Barton gets on the phone just as the fatal shots ring out. This causes Barton to leap into action since he knew that his friend was assigned to protect a scientist working on a new "death ray". Unfortunately for Barton evil enemy agents have already broken into the scientists home and stolen the scientist and his invention. The rest of the film is a mad dash to find out who took the scientist and where they are hiding him.

This is a vast improvement of the first Dick Barton film, Dick Barton Special Agent. Actually its a pretty good, if workman like, thriller. Gone are all of the things that made the first film one of the all time stinkers,namely the slapstick humor, romance and meddling kids. They are replaced by straight forward action and mystery. This is, at last, the movie version of the classic radio serial. It makes clear how Barton ended up the hero of millions of people all over the UK, he's a perfect man of brains and brawn. Its is the sort of movie that one has come to mind when one thinks of 1940's mysteries. You have a stand up hero, a vile villain who masks his black heart by playing the piano perfectly, some great set pieces (the lighthouse sequence) and just enough seriousness to keep things from becoming silly.

To be honest its not perfect, the film can be a tad static and stiff when things aren't in motion, however its never long before some is getting shot at or chased, so the flaws are really minor annoyances and quibbles.

This is a good 65 minutes in another place and time. Worth a shot if you're a fan of the mysteries of not so long ago.

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