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A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Barr ...
Dr. Geoffrey Allen
Elizabeth Allan ...
Dr. Phillipa Roberts
Maxwell Reed ...
Frank Smith
Vanda Godsell ...
Mae Smith
Russell Napier ...
Inspector Durham
Neil Hallett ...
Det. Supt. John Harris
Gibb McLaughlin ...
Mr. Spencer Simon
Edwin Richfield ...
Henry Arthur Ryan, thug
Mark Bellamy ...
Louie, a gangster
Bill Nagy ...
Charlie, gym owner
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Tony (Charlie's son)
John Horsley ...
Dr. Richards
Donald Bisset ...
Maj. Gifford, hospital superintendant
Gwen Bacon ...
Matron
Clifford Buckton ...
Edward Jarritt, experimental subject
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A doctor is taken hostage by a drug smuggler whom she has diagnosed as psychotic. Her estranged husband has to find her before the smuggling gang find him and kill them both.

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HE'S ESCAPED! The man with murder on the brain! See more »

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Crime | Thriller

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February 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La droga maledetta  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In a climatic scene Maxwell Reed fires a 6 shot revolver 7 times. See more »

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Peril Unseen
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Music by Cecil Milner
Harmonic Music Ltd
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Neat British film noir.
15 February 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

After a science-fiction type opening, the film develops into a neat and engrossing little thriller, with lively playing by the leads. The central performance of the much underrated Maxwell Reed is especially noteworthy, and the film is all the more impressive for his presence. In fact, was there anyone better in this type of role, in British cinema, during that particular time? It is also interesting, for its time, in that there is a distinct undercurrent of attraction for Reed's character, Frank Smith, by Dr Roberts (Elizabeth Allan) which is clearly magnified during the closing scene of the film when her estranged husband Dr Allen (Patrick Barr) is also present. All-in-all an enjoyable little thriller which, although rarely screened, is well worth catching.


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