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Eric Ambler (written by)
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Release Date:
12 October 1951 (USA) See more »
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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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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)
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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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Runtime:
90 min
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Sound Mix:
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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13 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
a nice surprise, 4 June 2008
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Margaret Lockwood is Frances Gray, a scientist who takes on a government assignment that is "Highly Dangerous" in this 1950 film also starring Dane Clark, Wilfred Hyde-White and Marius Goring. Frances Gray works with bugs, so the government asks her to go to a country of opposing ideology and get a sample of bugs being used by them, possibly for germ warfare. At first, she says no, and then relents and travels to this unnamed country posing as a tour director checking out possible tour locations. Her cover is blown immediately by the chief of police (a heavily disguised Goring) who is on the train with her, and shortly afterward, her contact is killed, and she is arrested, drugged and questioned. The head of the British consulate, tipped off by a newspaper reporter she met previously (Clark) secures her release.

The film starts out as a drama, but the mood lightens once she's out of prison. Under the influence of the drug she's been given, she plots a way to get into the lab based not on reality but on the antics of a radio spy on a program her nephew likes. The reporter knows it won't work, but when the first part of it actually does, he goes along.

Margaret Lockwood went through several phases during her career - this was her mid period, after the ingénue of "The Lady Vanishes" and before the older woman in "Cast a Dark Shadow." She does a good job and looks very attractive. The stronger role was Clark's - he was being groomed as another John Garfield but never quite got there - he's very good, handling both the dramatic and the comic aspects well. Goring is a far cry from Victoria's husband in "The Red Shoes" -this seems an odd role for him, but he's excellent.

An odd film but, if taken for what it is, a good one.

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