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Highly Dangerous (1950)

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A British lady entomologist travels to a Balkan country to look into germ warfare trials using various bugs as carriers.

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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Lockwood ...
Frances Gray
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Bill Casey
Marius Goring ...
Commandant Anton Razinski
Naunton Wayne ...
Mr. Hedgerley
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Mr. Luke, British consul (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Eugene Deckers ...
Alf, the 'contact'
Olaf Pooley ...
Detective-Interrogator
Gladys Henson ...
Attendant
Paul Hardtmuth ...
Priest
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Lab Director Owens
George Benson ...
Sandwich Stand Customer
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Joe, the bartender
John Horsley ...
Customs Officer
Patric Doonan ...
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Joan Haythorne ...
Judy
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When British Intelligence discovers that an Iron Curtian country is developing insects as weapons they persuade eminent entomologist Frances Gray to get into the country to collect some specimens. On arrival her cover is almost immediately blown and her contact murdered. The future looks grim for her and also perhaps for the world. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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12 October 1951 (USA)  »

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Poor plot, average acting and uninvolving film – Highly Dull is more apt at times
10 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Frances Gray is a quiet and unassuming woman who also happens to be one of the top entomologists in the country. It is this that brings her to the attention of the Government, who are looking for some way of spying on a country in Eastern Europe and ascertaining rumours about a plot to wage germ warfare using insects as the carriers. Gray reluctantly accepts the task as a way of adding excitement to her life and soon finds herself in a country where she doesn't speak the language, sticks out like a sore thumb and isn't sure what she is doing.

After the first few minutes I had managed to stop snickering at the idea of Margaret Lockwood being the top entomologist in the UK and tried to get into the plot. Sadly the casting makes about the same amount of sense as the actual plot does and it never really flows or engages – when the action starts, it only comes as a result of a contrived twist about radio thrillers and some sort of hypnosis. It says something that this twist actually improves the film, but it is still only serviceable and never got to the point where I was really into it. The plot doesn't make a great deal of sense and it comes across as Highly Dull as opposed to Highly Dangerous.

The cast is strange. Lockwood is stiff but quite alluring but she overdoes the "innocent abroad" way too much and she doesn't develop much smarts along the way. If you think she is unconvincing as an entomologist then wait to see how unconvincing a spy she makes! Dane Clark is OK but feels like he is a marketing tool more than a smart bit of casting. He is likable and a better lead than Lockwood but he doesn't have much to do in terms of the actual plot. Goring is OK hamming it up behind a big mustache and cigar but he has too little screen time; support is good from reliables Hyde-White and Wayne.

Overall this is a very thin affair that will just about do if you are looking for something to laze in front of on a Saturday afternoon but god help you if you need more than that. The plot is uninspiring and doesn't make a lot of sense or ever really engaged me, relying on a silly twist to make things happen. The cast are OK but Lockwood is helpless in a flat role that is hard to get behind and the whole film is all a bit dull and certainly not as exciting as the title or subject matter suggest it could have been.


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