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The Great Manhunt (1950)

State Secret (original title)
In post-WW2 Europe, when the dictator of a small police state dies during surgery, the operating surgeon, who's a visiting American doctor, is held captive in order to preserve the terrible state secret.

Director:

Sidney Gilliat

Writer:

Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Dr. John Marlowe
Glynis Johns ... Lisa Robinson
Olga Lowe Olga Lowe ... Baba 'Robinson', taller singer
Therese Van Kye Therese Van Kye ... Teresa 'Robinson'
Jack Hawkins ... Colonel Galcon
Walter Rilla ... General Niva
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Revo
Leonard Sachs ... Dr. Poldoi
Herbert Lom ... Karl Theodor
Robert Ayres ... Arthur J. Buckman
Howard Douglas ... Clubman
Martin Boddey ... Clubman
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Clubman
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Clubman
Carl Jaffe ... Janovic Prada / Tugboat Captain (as Carl Jaffé)
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Storyline

Visiting in England, famed American surgeon Doctor John Marlowe is decoyed to a middle European country, and discovers the operation he is to perform is on the Vosnian dictator. When the latter dies, he is replaced by a look-alike, but Marlowe is the object of a shoot-to-kill, vicious pursuit by the secret police of Vosnia since it is vital to Vosnia that the dictator's death does not become known. Fleeing, he seeks help from an English-speaking actress, Lisa Robinson, and the two are harried across the countryside before being captured. (Produced by the British team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat "in association with London Films" and released in the U.S. by Columbia Pictures Corporation.) Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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ADVENTURE SWEEPING ACROSS A CONTINENT! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

Glynis Johns is the film's leading lady and is second-billed; however, she does not appear in the film at all for the first forty-five minutes, nearly half-way through. See more »

Goofs

All of the vehicles the characters drive have a steering wheel on the right hand side. This includes the State Security Chief, the Staff car and the truck. See more »

Quotes

Karl Theodor: [Lisa hurriedly packing a case, Theodor pacing up and down]
[Lisa folding a pair of pajamas]
Karl Theodor: You have excellent taste
Lisa Robinson: Do you mind ! It will take me longer if I stop to shudder.
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Connections

Referenced in Beyond Recognition (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Paper Doll
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Black
Performed by Glynis Johns, Olga Lowe and Therese Van Kye
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Doug's Best.......
14 November 2016 | by girvsjointSee all my reviews

State Secret is a forgotten classic, made around the same time as the celebrated 'The Third Man', this film is equally, if not more enjoyable! A thriller in the Hitchcockian tradition, with a nice blend of comedy that doesn't detract from the thrills. Devilishly handsome, dashing and suave Douglas Fairbanks Jnr. in what is arguably his best role as the Doctor running for his life in a foreign country, ably supported by a menacing Jack Hawkins, pretty Glynis Johns, and a hilarious Herbert Lom, in one of the best 'cat & mouse' chases ever made! Nice locales, excellent black & white photography all add up to one hell of a ride! An even bigger mystery is why this film has never been given it's just desserts in an official DVD release? Perhaps it didn't have as catchy a theme as 'The Third Man'?


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Great Manhunt See more »

Filming Locations:

Dolomites, Italy See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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