The Vise (1954–1961)

TV Series  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.8/10 from 24 users  
Reviews: 2 user

This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

0Check in

10 Best Action Heroes

We consulted IMDb's Highest-Rated Action-Family Films to came up with 10 scene-stealing action figures your kids can relate to, look up to, and be inspired by.

Visit our Family Entertainment Guide

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 29 titles
created 18 Sep 2011
list image
a list of 277 titles
created 31 Mar 2012
a list of 524 titles
created 29 Mar 2013
list image
a list of 251 titles
created 30 Apr 2013

Related Items

Search for "The Vise" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Vise (1954–1961)

The Vise (1954–1961) on IMDb 7.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Vise.




7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
1961   1960   1959   1958   1957   1956   … See all »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Burt Lancaster plays a pirate with a taste for intrigue and acrobatics who involves himself in the goings on of a revolution in the Caribbean in the late 1700s. A light hearted adventure ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Siodmak
Stars: Burt Lancaster, Nick Cravat, Eva Bartok
Action | Adventure | Biography
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The true story of the British explorer Robert Falcon Scott and his ill-fated expedition to try to be the first man to discover the South Pole - only to find that the murderously cold ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: John Mills, Derek Bond, Diana Churchill
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

During the 14th century when the Hundred-Year War between France and England ends with the English occupation of French Aquitainia rebel French knights vow to oust Prince Edward of Walles, ruler of Aquitainia.

Director: Henry Levin
Stars: Errol Flynn, Joanne Dru, Peter Finch
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A man falls in love with a beautiful young woman and begins to suspect that he may have also loved her in a previous life.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Eric Portman, Edana Romney, Barbara Mullen
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

After the Nazi administrator of Czechoslovakia is shot, his assassin tries to elude the Gestapo and struggles with his impulse to give himself up as hostages are executed.

Director: Fritz Lang
Stars: Brian Donlevy, Walter Brennan, Anna Lee
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Victor Frankenstein builds a creature and brings it to life. But his creature behaves not as he intended.

Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Peter Cushing, Hazel Court, Robert Urquhart
Eaten Alive (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A psychotic redneck who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

Director: Tobe Hooper
Stars: Neville Brand, Mel Ferrer, Carolyn Jones
War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A German agent in Libya is allowed to get back to Rommel with false information.

Director: John Llewellyn Moxey
Stars: James Robertson Justice, Adrian Hoven, Niall MacGinnis
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A small band of British soldiers is sent on a mission to hold up a German advance.

Director: Michael Carreras
Stars: Leo Genn, Kieron Moore, Michael Medwin
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Two strangers meet when they both miss their trains, and end up spending a penniless day and night together. An English version of 'It Happened One Night'.

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Nino Martini, Patricia Roc, Bonar Colleano
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The film begins in a WW II training depot of a British Guards armoured regiment where recruits from many walks of life learn to survive the strict discipline and training together before ... See full summary »

Director: Terence Young
Stars: Edward Underdown, Ralph Clanton, Helen Cherry
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  
Director: Terence Fisher
Stars: Evelyn McCabe, Ralph Michael, Shaun Noble


Complete series cast summary:
Donald Gray ...
 Mark Saber / ... (157 episodes, 1954-1961)
Colin Tapley ...
 Inspector Parker / ... (72 episodes, 1955-1960)


This British production featured less known actors in filmed plays showing people caught in "the vise" of fate created by their own deeds.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

anthology | See All (1) »


Crime | Drama | Thriller





Release Date:

1 October 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Detective's Diary  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(221 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Follows Mark Saber (1951) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

An Oddity that was so successful
1 October 2000 | by ((Morecambe, England)) – See all my reviews

The Vise was produced by Danziger who rented space from other studios mainly Nettlefold at Walton-on-Thames. They bid for Beaconsfield Studios and tried to lease Twickenham but they opened their own film studios in 1956 situated in an old Aircraft testing station at Elstree and was named the New Elstree Studios. Its life was short opening in 1954 but closing less than ten years later in 1961. The new studios had six stages and employed 200 technicians including Terance Nelhams who left to become the singer Adam Faith. Brian Clemens of later Avengers fame was Chief Scriptwriter and Directors David Macdonald, Max Varnel Godfrey Grayson and Ernest Morris were responsible for Danzigers TV and Film output. The second feature market was pretty buoyant and these cost between £15,000 and 17,500 to make but few won them acclaim other than Tell Tale Heart Directed by Ernest morris starring Laurence Payne produced in 1961.

The two Danziger brothers had come to England from America in 1952. Edward had studied law and was involved with the Nuremberg war crimes tribunal whereas Harry Lee had played Trumpet in a Band. They were known as the experts at producing cheap films using same outdoor scenes and music cut from episode to episode. They contracted actors at a weekly fee together with another fee for World rights forever. The Vise comprised of 65 thirty minute films shown in United Kingdom as Mark saber. There was a follow up series Detectives Diary or Saber of London in the United Kingdom of 91 thirty minute films. The Vise was made at Nettlefold but Saber of London at New Elstree but by 1958 Danziger had made in all 156 episodes all with Donald Gray in title role. Public took to gallant Saber who always got his man he epitomised the British bull dog spirit. The standard of acting was described as poor but Gray saved some very poor scripts.

The series went out on NBC first and appeared on Associated Redifusion TV (LONDON) between 1957 and 1962 after the BBC monopoly had been broken much to the consternation of Lord Reith the Corporation's first Director General. In four years Saber went through five assistants : Barney O'Keefe played by Michael Balfour, Pete Paulson played by Canadian Neil Macallum, Bob Page layed by Robert Arden, Larry Nelson played by Gordon Tanner and Eddie Welles played by Gary Thorne. His secretary Stevie was played by singer Diane Decker but she was replaced by Judy played by Theresa Thorne until episode 65 but thereafter Saber had the very occasional love interest of Ann Somers played by Jennifer Jayne. When Donald Gray went to America in 1957 he was met by cheering crowds but they were disappointed when he signed his name as Donald Gray rather than Mark Saber. In a visit to Harlaam Gray was tackled on street by a plump Black lady who asked if he had come to sort out the crime. People blended reality with fantasy but unfortunately Donald Gray was badly typecast very rarely working after the series ended though he was the voice of Colonel White in the puppet series Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons.

27 of 30 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Question about an episode jeberkin
Discuss The Vise (1954) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: