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Writer:
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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7 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Her Dark Frontier, 15 January 2009
Author: blacknorth from Ireland

Highly Dangerous is a rare original screenplay by novelist Eric Ambler. It draws heavily on elements of his early pre-1939 thrillers, but reposts them behind the Iron Curtain. This film leans particularly on Ambler's first novel The Dark Frontier, most notably with the super-agent coda, which is very fashionable today.

Ambler's problem with Highly Dangerous is that most of the plot devices he invented single-handedly in the 30's were used to the point of saturation by film-makers during the 40's. By the time he got around to an original screenplay it all seems very unoriginal. For that reason I like to think of this film as British cinema's homage to all Ambler's great work in the 30's. An adaptation of one of Ambler's post war novels, say, Judgement On Deltchev, would have been much more satisfactory at this point in his career - as it was, he had to wait ten years until Topkapi before the cinema recognised his post-war novels.

Margaret Lockwood makes for a very beautiful and personable innocent, drawn into a cold-war plot about a form of biological warfare, not entirely a new thing, but a change from the nuclear threats of the time. Lockwood's career was on the decline, and this film can't have offered her very much compensation. Additionally, she is badly served by her make-up artist, her hair being mocked up to middle-age very badly.

Don't treat this film as a serious attempt to translate Ambler's art to the screen - you can find that in just about any war-time thriller - from Journey Into Fear to The Mask of Dimitrios. Highly Dangerous is minor Ambler, and an opportunity for a fading Lockwood to make one more impression, and what an impression - innocent, scientist and secret agent.

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