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Dick Barton, Detective (1948)

Dick Barton: Special Agent (original title)
Government agent Dick Barton battles a ring of Nazi spies who are planning to poison the entire London water supply.


(as Alfred Goulding)


(story and dialogue), (collaboration)




Credited cast:
Don Stannard ... Dick Barton
George Ford ... Snowey White
Gillian Maude ... Jean Hunter
Beatrice Kane ... Betsy Horrock
Ivor Danvers ... Snub
Geoffrey Wincott ... Dr. Casper
Arthur Bush ... Schuler
Alec Ross ... Tony Burton
Farnham Baxter ... Roscoe
Morris Sweden ... Regan
Ernest Borrow ... Gilpin
Jack Shaw ... Jock Anderson
Campbell Singer ... Sir George Cavendish
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Colin Douglas
Janice Lowthian


Government agent Dick Barton battles a ring of Nazi spies who are planning to poison the entire London water supply.

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Action | Crime





Release Date:

10 May 1948 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dick Barton, Detective  »


Box Office


£20,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Jean Hunter: It's no use Betsy, I can't stand it any longer. I'm going out to look for Dick.
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Followed by Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949) See more »


Music by Norman O'Neill
Bosworth & Co. Ltd
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Awful dumbing down of a classic British hero. Skip this movie and watch the other two films in the series instead.
7 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Based on the classic British Radio series this clunker of a movie is a series of bad choices (which they corrected for the next two movies), and one of the worst films Hammer Studios ever produced.

The plot of this film has to do with smuggling and Nazi spies in and around a small English Village. The villain is a German agent posing, as a Swedish scientist, complete with German accent. He has secret tunnels and hideouts in the village and is plotting great evil. He is aided by various people in the village all of whom are suspicious looking in the extreme. Good guy Dick Barton is sent to the town by his bosses, under cover of taking a vacation, to the village to find out whats going on.

This movie is bad, really bad. The film was aimed at kids and they dumb the whole movie down with over the top performances and really bad humor. Frankly this is more a misfiring comedy rather than the exciting action adventure of the radio. The direction is at best stiff with the actors not so much directed as arranged in tableaux, upon which the camera locks. It reminded me of a movie from the advent of the movies.

I'm dumb founded at this films awfulness.

I've given the movie a 2 instead of a 1 because there a few fleeting moments where the movie actually works, but they are high points in a very low movie and nothing you need concern yourself with. It would probably be best if you just skipped this movie and watched either of the other two Dick Barton films that followed.

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