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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.

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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Dr. John Marlowe
... Colonel Galcon
... Lisa Robinson
... General Niva
... Dr. Revo
... Karl Theodor
Hans Olaf Moser ... Sigrist (as Hans Moser)
Guido Lorraine ... Lieutenant Prachi
... Arthur J. Buckman
... Clubman
... Clubman
Russell Waters ... Clubman
Arthur Howard ... Clubman
Carl Jaffe ... Janovic Prada / Tugboat Captain
... Tomasi Bendel
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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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Carl Jaffe appears as 2 separate characters: Pravda the government envoy who meets Marlowe at his club, and later as the tug boat skipper. See more »

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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 »

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Dr. John Marlowe: They tell me that in some parts of the world musicians are finding it increasingly difficult to compose non-political music, so it's very gratifying to think that a doctor can still perform a non-political operation.
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Paper Doll
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Written by Johnny Black
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Doug's Best.......
14 November 2016 | by See 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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