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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.


Alfred J. Goulding (as Alfred Goulding)


Alan Stranks (story and dialogue), Alfred J. Goulding (collaboration)




Cast overview:
Don Stannard Don Stannard ... Dick Barton
George Ford George Ford ... Snowey White
Jack Shaw Jack Shaw ... Jock
Gillian Maude Gillian Maude ... Jean


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) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


£20,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:


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 at Bay (1950) See more »


The Devil's Galop
Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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27 March 2004 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

This is one of the worst films to watch as an adult, and as an adult who appreciates Kane, Orphee, Rashomon, Godfather I/II, Donnie Darko etc to name just a handful. You have to try and switch your Cynic Button to Standby for 66 minutes and enjoy it for what it was. I agree it is a laughable and witless film - but it was made for British children and especially the post-WW2 teenagers listening to the weekly BBC radio series - who weren't so demanding as we all have become. Although apparently the BBC were initially surprised that children were listening in their millions, and eventually decided to "tone" the gratuitous sex and mindless violence in DB down. Which of course by todays high standards was on the level of Sesame Street, but losing even that meant the end as the millions turned off. Could you watch old serials such as Nyoka nowadays without laughing - could a serious film buff in the 40's?

A populist subject for the film - a gang of Nazi smugglers operating in quaint English fishing village, plotting the downfall of all around them. Don Stannard was excellent for the ... unbelievably manly role of Dick Barton - although since Red Dwarf I can't quite get Arnold Rimmer out of my head. And current Tory Party Boss David Cameron too for that matter! Snowy and Jock were both there as DB's sidekicks, played with gusto if not finesse. What I find when I let go is that this sometimes atmospheric film is an enjoyable romp (semi-silent, too!) from proto-Hammer, which strains credulity at every turn but keeps you watching like all Fantasies should do. The whole production was cheap and amateurish which is reflected in the acting. Marvellously refreshing after seeing Requiem For A Dream!

Therefore I don't think Plan 9's Title is in jeopardy, except maybe from Blazing Saddles - time will tell!

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