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The Risk (1960)

Suspect (original title)
A government team researching cures for plague find their results put on the Official Secrets list. One of their number is so incensed by this that he lets the maimed and jealous companion ... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Britton ...
Dr. Robert Marriott
Virginia Maskell ...
Dr. Lucy Byrne
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Alan Andrews
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Professor Sewell
Raymond Huntley ...
Sir George Gatting the Minister of Defense
Thorley Walters ...
Special Agent Prince
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Parsons, alias Bill Brown
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Arthur, lab orderly
Kenneth Griffith ...
Dr. Shole
Robert Bruce ...
Levers
Anthony Booth ...
Parkin
Basil Dignam ...
Dr Childs
Brian Oulton ...
Director
Sam Kydd ...
Slater
John Payne ...
Iverson
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A government team researching cures for plague find their results put on the Official Secrets list. One of their number is so incensed by this that he lets the maimed and jealous companion of a female colleague draw him into what, technically, could be a treasonable act. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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23 September 1961 (USA)  »

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Peter Cushing and Ian Bannen
21 May 2014 | by (Youngstown,Ohio) – See all my reviews

1960's "The Risk" (British title "Suspect") was a lower budgeted effort from Roy and John Boulting, made in 17 days on a wager since they had three weeks of studio time booked and had finished their most recent production ahead of schedule. Leading its distinguished supporting cast is third billed Peter Cushing as Professor Sewell, heading a close knit group of research scientists whose findings on bacteria and germ warfare are ready to be published, but quickly silenced by their concerned government, afraid that enemies could use their findings against humanity. Sewell and his staff are outraged, but it's the less experienced youngsters who prove to be too impatient, endangering the entire project by allowing themselves to become pawns of a war veteran (Ian Bannen) embittered by the loss of both arms. The little known leads, Tony Britton and Virginia Maskell (a tragic suicide in 1968), are easily overshadowed by their veteran co-stars, especially Thorley Walters as security chief Prince, Sam Kydd his number one aide, and Donald Pleasence as the mysterious Bill Brown, who insists he can find a way to publish the report. On such a short shooting schedule that would do Roger Corman proud, it's the experienced players that keep the plot simmering. Between classic turns in "The Flesh and the Fiends" and "The Brides of Dracula," Peter Cushing enjoys a rare change of pace, a bespectacled, older man of reason in gray hair and mustache, tinkering with props such as a pipe and stop watch. His final speech touching upon responsibility to the law is a moving one: "you are young enough to be sure that you are right, I am old enough to be sure of only one thing, that I can be wrong."


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