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Highly Dangerous
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Director:
Writer:
Eric Ambler (written by)
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Release Date:
12 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
... to have ... hold or HATE!
Plot:
A British lady entomologist travels to a Balkan country to look into germ warfare trials using various bugs as carriers. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
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Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)
Margaret Lockwood ... Frances Gray

Dane Clark ... Bill Casey
Marius Goring ... Commandant Anton Razinski
Naunton Wayne ... Mr. Hedgerley

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Mr. Luke, British consul (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Eugene Deckers ... Alf, the 'contact'
Olaf Pooley ... Detective-Interrogator
Gladys Henson ... Attendant
Paul Hardtmuth ... Priest

Michael Hordern ... Lab Director Owens
George Benson ... Sandwich Stand Customer

Eric Pohlmann ... Joe, the bartender
John Horsley ... Customs Officer
Patric Doonan ... Customs Man
Joan Haythorne ... Judy
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jill Balcon ... Wardress (uncredited)
John Boxer ... Police Sgt. at Customs Cafe (uncredited)
Ernest Butcher ... Tom, lab assistant (uncredited)
Robert Cawdron ... Soldier at Barrier During Fire (uncredited)
Anton Diffring ... Officer At Station Check Point. (uncredited)
Toni Frost ... Stewardess (uncredited)
John Gabriel ... Night Field Telephone Officer (uncredited)
Philo Hauser ... Waiter (uncredited)
John G. Heller ... Soldier at Station Check Point (uncredited)
Noel Johnson ... Frank Conway (uncredited)

Richard Marner ... Soldier on Train (uncredited)

Anthony Newley ... Operator (uncredited)
Michael Rittermann ... The 'Tail' (uncredited)
Lance Secretan ... Alan (uncredited)
Ewen Solon ... Enemy Scientist (uncredited)

Directed by
Roy Ward Baker  (as Roy Baker)
 
Writing credits
Eric Ambler (written by)

Produced by
Antony Darnborough .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Richard Addinsell 
 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Wyer (lighting cameraman) (as Reginald Wyer)
 
Film Editing by
Alfred Roome 
 
Casting by
Weston Drury Jr. (uncredited)
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky  (as Vetchinsky)
 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Biddy Chrystal .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
William N. Boyle .... production manager (as Billy Boyle)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Roy Goddard .... assistant director
Rory Gowans .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Peter Manley .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Bert Gaiters .... property master (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cook .... sound recordist
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist (as Gordon McCallum)
Peter Davies .... first assistant dubbing mixer (uncredited)
Robert T. MacPhee .... boom operator (uncredited)
George Willows .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
David Harcourt .... camera operator
Peter Allwork .... focus puller (uncredited)
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Julie Harris .... dress designer
Dorothy Edwards .... wardrobe: women (uncredited)
Bob Rayner .... wardrobe: men (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... conductor
Eric Rogers .... music arranger (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller
Yvonne Axeworthy .... continuity (uncredited)
Ray Cunnington .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Ken Green .... publicity manager (uncredited)
Pauline Kernick .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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90 min
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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The film debut of John Horsley.See more »
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Referenced in The Player (1992)See more »

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7 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
A Bug's Life, 4 September 2001
Author: edward wilgar (edwardwilgar@optusnet.com.au) from Melbourne, Australia

Nicole Kidman was following an honourable tradition when she played a gorgeous neuro-surgeon in Days of Thunder for Highly Dangerous casts beautiful Margaret Lockwood as an entomologist. On this evidence the main job qualification seems to be that you don't find insects repulsive. What next, JayLo as a nuclear physicist?

Despite being written by the estimable Eric Ambler, the screenplay for Highly Dangerous seems to me to be somewhat misjudged. The `humorous' elements, while never being remotely funny, serve to drain the excitement away from the dramatic sequences. I think the film would have worked much better as a straight thriller without all the nonsense of Margaret imagining she is a character in a radio serial after she's been given a `truth drug'

Highly Dangerous has many elements typical of a Cold War drama of its time, the implacable police chief (a typecast Marius Goring), the brutal armed forces, the dissident priest who shelters the fugitives etc. Interesting that the war in this case is biological.

Apart from the interest this film will have for the fans of Margaret Lockwood, a big British star of the years around World War II, Highly Dangerous is at best a fair time-passer.

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