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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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  (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)
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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
Other crew
Prudence Sykes .... continuity

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68 min
Aspect Ratio:
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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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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
Daring Dick Disintegrates Dastardly Doings, 6 May 2006
Author: Gary170459 from Derby, UK

From the opening seconds you can tell this is in a different class to Special Agent, the first film of the three Dick Barton's. Background music and continuity are more professional and both gel to produce a tension sadly lacking before and the plot is also more cohesive, less slapstick and truer to the spirit of the thing. However the acting qualities are the same as before, Stannard playing Barton as a manly stoic clean-living clean thinking clean talking gentleman British God. See Red Dwarf for similarities to Arnold Rimmer, and his especially his parallel universe version who occasionally cropped up.

This time Dick and Snowy are embroiled in trying to foil an Iron Curtain attempt to steal fantastic British disintegrator ray machine invention. Was anyone in the cinema really worried at the outcome? Patrick MacNee was hard to recognise as the callow youth at the beginning, but even then he was being cast as an all-round Good Egg. It wasn't released until October 1950, over a year after Stannard's death in a car crash in July 1949.

A nice little unassuming potboiler, showing Hammer developing into a smoother operation.

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