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The Great Manhunt (1950)

State Secret (original title)
Visiting in England, famed American surgeon Doctor John Marlowe is decoyed to a middle European country, and discovers the operation he is to perform is on the Vosnian dictator. When the ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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General Niva
Karel Stepanek ...
Dr. Revo
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Karl Theodor
Hans Olaf Moser ...
Sigrist (as Hans Moser)
Guido Lorraine ...
Lieutenant Prachi
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Arthur J. Buckman
Howard Douglas ...
Clubman
Martin Boddey ...
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Russell Waters ...
Clubman
Arthur Howard ...
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Carl Jaffe ...
Janovic Prada
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Tomasi Bendel
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Visiting in England, famed American surgeon Doctor John Marlowe is decoyed to a middle European country, and discovers the operation he is to perform is on the Vosnian dictator. When the latter dies, he is replaced by a look-alike, but Marlowe is the object of a shoot-to-kill, vicious pursuit by the secret police of Vosnia since it is vital to Vosnia that the dictator's death does not become known. Fleeing, he seeks help from an English-speaking actress, Lisa Robinson, and the two are harried across the countryside before being captured. (Produced by the British team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat "in association with London Films" and released in the U.S. by Columbia Pictures Corporation.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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In all the world's capital's they wonder...and wait for...The Secret this man knows! See more »


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The film is set in the mythical country of "Vosnia", which, according to director Sidney Gilliat, was meant to suggest either Spain (to left-wingers) or what was then Yugoslavia (to right-wingers). A special "Vosnian" language was devised for the film by Georgina Shield, a teacher at the London School of Languages, and several of the actors took lessons in how to speak it over a period of several days, as it is extensively heard in the film. See more »

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At the 'river docks', a London bus is visible in the background passing over the bridge. The stern of the 'barge' shown is also very clearly that of an English narrowboat, found nowhere on the Continent. See more »

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Dr. John Marlowe: They tell me that in some parts of the world musicians are finding it increasingly difficult to compose non-political music, so it's very gratifying to think that a doctor can still perform a non-political operation.
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Referenced in Beyond Recognition (2003) See more »

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Paper Doll
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Written by Johnny Black
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First mainstream film to make use of Esperanto.
19 August 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a wonderful film and well worth seeing; if you can find it! It used to be on TV all the time, but I haven't seen it in years and cannot find a copy. One very interesting fact about the movie is that it was, to the best of my knowledge, the first film to make use of Esperanto. In the film, all the citizens of the made up nation of Vosnia speak Esperanto! Esperanto was constructed in 1887 as a universal language, drawing words and structure from many different languages. The hope was that it would be adopted as an "everyman's language" and be equally difficult for all people to master. State Secret gives the viewer a chance to hear fluent Esperanto, as well as adding flavor to the underlying excitement of the plot.


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