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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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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 »
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Easy-going nonsense See more (14 total) »

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)
 
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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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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Easy-going nonsense, 31 January 2011
Author: Alex da Silva from United Kingdom

Frances (Margaret Lockwood) volunteers to go into an Eastern un-named country (with a peculiar un-named language that the actors have had to learn) as a spy to smuggle back insects that are being used in the development of germ warfare. When her contact Alf (Eugene Deckers) is murdered, she continues her mission with reporter Bill (Dane Clark). However, the Chief of Police, Razinski (Marius Goring) seems to pop up at every stage of her mission......

The problem with this film is that there is no real tension or feeling of danger. The lives of Frances and Bill are in danger and yet there is no suspense. They should have been more scared. Dane Clark is like-able but what have they done to Lockwood? She looks like Angela Rippon (English newsreader from the 1970's with terrible, frumpy hair). Lockwood's look is NOT good. Turning to the rest of the cast, they are all fine.

The plot is extremely daft with the inclusion of some nonsense about how Frances incorporates a radio show to determine her actions in order to get the job done. There are also numerous unreal situations, eg, the escape to the woods by Frances and Bill with a whole army unit combing the grounds for them. Basically, these two clowns would have been caught and shot. For the sake of the film, we have a different outcome. Overall, it's lightweight fluff but I'm not sure this was the intention.

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