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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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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:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Poor plot, average acting and uninvolving film – Highly Dull is more apt at times See more (14 total) »

Cast

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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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1.37 : 1 See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Trivia:
The film debut of John Horsley.See more »
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Referenced in The Player (1992)See more »

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14 out of 27 people found the following review useful.
Poor plot, average acting and uninvolving film – Highly Dull is more apt at times, 10 December 2004
Author: bob the moo from United Kingdom

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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