7.1/10
208
16 user 1 critic

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

Writers:

Roy Huggins (novel), Sidney Gilliat (screenplay)
Reviews
Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

The Magic Box (1951)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A chronicle of the life of William Friese-Greene, a British inventor and early pioneer in cinema.

Director: John Boulting
Stars: Robert Donat, Maria Schell, Renée Asherson
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An elderly countess strikes a bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to always win at cards. An army officer, who is also a fanatic about cards, murders her for the ... See full summary »

Director: Thorold Dickinson
Stars: Anton Walbrook, Edith Evans, Yvonne Mitchell
Blind Man (2012)
Action | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A police inspector must solve two grisly murders. The problem is that his only suspect is a blind man.

Director: Xavier Palud
Stars: Jacques Gamblin, Lambert Wilson, Raphaëlle Agogué
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

As the Allied armies close in, the Germans decide to blow up the last Rhine bridge, trapping their own men on the wrong side. But will it happen?

Director: John Guillermin
Stars: George Segal, Robert Vaughn, Ben Gazzara
The Exile (1947)
Adventure | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Charles II, the King of England, finds himself in exile in Holland, where he falls in love with a beautiful farm-girl.

Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Maria Montez, Rita Corday
Night Passage (1957)
Action | Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A fired railroad man is re-hired and trusted to carry a ten thousand dollar payroll in secret, even though he is suspected of being connected to outlaws.

Director: James Neilson
Stars: James Stewart, Audie Murphy, Dan Duryea
Comedy | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An insane murderer is on the loose, and gunning for the men who put him away. Will Fitch is on the list, and co-opts Claude Babbington to try and stop him from meeting a grisly end.

Directors: Basil Dearden, Will Hay
Stars: Will Hay, Claude Hulbert, Mervyn Johns
Silent Dust (1949)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A wealthy blind man is determined to build a cricket pavilion as a memorial to his dead son, who was killed in battle in World War II. Not long before the dedication ceremony is to be held,... See full summary »

Director: Lance Comfort
Stars: Stephen Murray, Beatrice Campbell, George Woodbridge
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Henry Hobson is a successful bootmaker, a widower and a tyrannical father of three daughters. The girls each want to leave their father by getting married, but Henry refuses because marriage traditions require him to pay out settlements.

Director: David Lean
Stars: Charles Laughton, John Mills, Brenda de Banzie
Biography | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The common career of W.S. Gilbert,a barrister turned comic writer, and Arthur Sullivan, a classic composer turned converted against his will to light music, who wrote fourteen operettas between 1871 and 1896, to great public acclaim.

Director: Sidney Gilliat
Stars: Robert Morley, Maurice Evans, Eileen Herlie
Drama

A political drama set in New Jersey.

Thriller

Acclaimed heart surgeon Sean Marlowe is invited to operate on the President of a war-torn country. When Sean gets there, his wife is kidnapped and he's told he must kill the President, not save him - or his wife will die.

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Douglas Fairbanks Jr. ... Dr. John Marlowe
Jack Hawkins ... Colonel Galcon
Glynis Johns ... Lisa Robinson
Walter Rilla ... General Niva
Karel Stepanek ... Dr. Revo
Herbert Lom ... Karl Theodor
Hans Olaf Moser Hans Olaf Moser ... Sigrist (as Hans Moser)
Guido Lorraine Guido Lorraine ... Lieutenant Prachi
Robert Ayres ... Arthur J. Buckman
Howard Douglas ... Clubman
Martin Boddey ... Clubman
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Clubman
Arthur Howard Arthur Howard ... Clubman
Carl Jaffe Carl Jaffe ... Janovic Prada / Tugboat Captain
Gerard Heinz ... Tomasi Bendel
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

In all the world's capital's they wonder...and wait for...The Secret this man knows! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

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 »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film is set in the mythical country of "Vosnia", which, according to director Sidney Gilliat, was meant to suggest either Spain (to left-wingers) or what was then Yugoslavia (to right-wingers). A special "Vosnian" language was devised for the film by Georgina Shield, a teacher at the London School of Languages, and several of the actors took lessons in how to speak it over a period of several days, as it is extensively heard in the film. See more »

Goofs

At the 'river docks', a London bus is visible in the background passing over the bridge. The stern of the 'barge' shown is also very clearly that of an English narrowboat, found nowhere on the Continent. See more »

Quotes

Lisa Robinson: [Last Line] I think I'm going to be sick.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in Beyond Recognition (2003) See more »

Soundtracks

Paper Doll
(uncredited)
Written by Johnny Black
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Move over Hitch this is overtaking you!
2 December 2013 | by krocheavSee all my reviews

When you see films of the caliber of 'State Secret' it makes you ask how the industry can 'loose' them for so long between the rare screenings! The credits for this near forgotten classic are masterful. Produced and Directed by the talented team of Frank Launder and Sidney Gilliat (Hitchcock collaborators from way back) this has style that puts some of Hitch's films to shame. Gilliat also adapted the screenplay from prolific writer: Roy Huggins novel. The film moves along at a cracking pace, with a chase across many varied landscapes...night journeys on river barges, over deadly Mountain ranges, through city streets, etc.

The Director of Photography is none other than Award winner Robert Krasker ('The Third Man' - 'El Cid', etc) and assisting him is future feature Director: Guy Green ('James Bond' - 'Remo', etc) The look these professionals create together is first class. If you enjoy fast moving suspense dramas, tinged with wry touches of humour this could be waiting for you to discover (or re-visit)

Cast wise: Douglas Fairbanks Jr is surprisingly good in a mature roll of famous Surgon, framed by foreign agents to perform operation on 'mystery man' with dynamite results! In an early role, the astonishingly 'cute' Glynis Johns is marvelous. Herbert Lom is used to excellent effect as an international con man drawn into a dangerous liaison with the escaping duo. Jack Hawkins, as usual, is totally convincing as the menacing political manipulator. This film journey is filled with creative touches throughout. Find it on DVD (if you can) otherwise scour the TV Guide and don't miss it.

Gem Digital TV in Australia somehow dug it out of the vaults (they probably inherited it in a package deal without being aware what they had - this often happens) then screened it as one of their Sunday afternoon movies. As usual, they presented it in their throw-away, semi-unprofessional manor, with the way too LARGE, lolly 'PINK' station Logo running over the stylish B/W photography. Then proceeded to pepper it with gaudy colour 'pop up' adds, for shows that the audience for this style of movie won't watch in a pink fit! Don't they know...has no one taught them?

While at least they had a superbly re-mastered print with clear image and good contrast, they then ran the sound track through an 'auto level controller' (A.L.C.) so that during the films quieter moments the ALC unit goes off looking for sound that's not even there, leaving the viewer to suffer 'Hiss and Background noise' till someone speaks again. Pitiful. Oh well, at least they did screen it! Bless their little hearts!


11 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 16 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed