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High Treason (1951)

A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.

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Roy Boulting

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Credited cast:
Liam Redmond ... Cmdr. Robert Brennan
André Morell ... Supt. Folland
Anthony Bushell ... Maj. Elliott
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Jimmy Ellis
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... George Ellis
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Ellis
Anthony Nicholls ... Grant Mansfield
Mary Morris ... Anna Braun
Geoffrey Keen ... Morgan Williams
Stuart Lindsell Stuart Lindsell ... Commissioner
John Bailey ... Stringer
Dora Bryan ... Mrs. Bowers
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Percy Ward
Laurence Naismith ... Reginald Gordon-Wells
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Amyes Julian Amyes
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A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Traição See more »

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Paul Soskin Productions See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Kenneth Griffith climbs into the attic and uses the wireless, his Morse code is accurate. He sends out an SOS and calls "all large power stations." See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Robert Brennan: We have a saying in Ireland that he who sees the dawn catches the herring.
Supt. Folland: There's a saying in China that he who goes to bed early to save candle light begets twins.
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When you see People's in the title you know its Communist
29 December 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

High Treason is a bit less paranoid than some of those anti-Communist thrillers coming out of America at this time. But it does take the same kind of strident tone.

Liam Redmond of the Royal Navy and Andre Morrell of Scotland Yard latch onto a tip that something the Reds might be planning is really big. A whole lot of troop movements are noted behind the Iron Curtain. Could it be the big invasion? If so, what's planned for Great Britain?

It's big all right, a well coordinated plan of sabotage in several locations including the giant Battersea Power Works just outside of London. This is to leave the British vulnerable to invasion so they can neither aid the continent or protect themselves.

Heading all of this and prepared to be the Communist Quisling is MP Anthony Nicholls, an Independent elected on the People's Progress Party. When you see that you know its Communist.

For the people who were dealing with Klaus Fuchs and McLean and Burgess the subversive threat was real enough. Of course I doubt Stalin was ready for this kind of action. The proof is he never attempted anything like what is depicted here.

The cast performs well. Nicholls's part is the most interesting. You wonder who in our Congress might have been viewed as the equivalent.


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