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Project M7 (1953)

The Net (original title)
A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Asquith

Writers:

William Fairchild (screenplay), John Pudney (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Phyllis Calvert ... Lydia Heathley
James Donald ... Prof. Michael Heathley
Robert Beatty ... Maj. Sam Seagram
Herbert Lom ... Dr. Alex Leon
Muriel Pavlow ... Caroline Cartier
Noel Willman ... Dr. Dennis Bord
Walter Fitzgerald ... Sir Charles Craddock
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Brian Jackson
Maurice Denham Maurice Denham ... Prof. Carrington (project director)
Marjorie Fielding Marjorie Fielding ... Mother Heathley
Caven Watson Caven Watson ... Dr. Ferguson (as Cavan Watson)
Herbert Lomas Herbert Lomas ... George Jackson
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Agent Lawson
Geoffrey Denton ... Fisher
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Insp. Carter
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A secret jet aircraft capable of traveling three times the speed of sound is being developed by a group of scientists secretly. On the day of the test flight, one of the scientists dies in a mysterious accident, and there are many arguments concerning the flight itself; some think it should be ground-controlled while Heathley (James Donald) wants it to be a manned flight with himself at the controls. Conflict also arises when one of his fellow scientists, taking advantage of Heathley's lack of attention toward his wife, Lydia (Phyllis Calvert), makes some moves on her. Then there is the question of just who is the enemy agent on the project. The single-minded Heathly, much to his dismay and little to his credit, uncovers him when he chooses his co-pilot. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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SUSPENSE is airborne in a new British spy thriller! [us] See more »

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Drama | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 November 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Project M7 See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Two Cities Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Brian Jackson: I heard what you were saying. Are you really going to take her up?
Prof. Michael Heathley: Yes.
Brian Jackson: Michael, you can't do it!
Prof. Michael Heathley: Why? Because Carrington's dead?
Brian Jackson: Well - yes.
Prof. Michael Heathley: Now look Brian, if he was wrong while he was alive, just being dead won't make him right.
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A fun mystery with supersonic action
18 November 2000 | by dj_kennettSee all my reviews

The Net is a fun mystery story, surrounding the battle amongst a group of scientists for control of M7, a supersonic plane which aims to help man into space.

As the battle for control of the project rages, the film creates some love interest, as Phyllis Calvert struggles to maintain her loyalty to her obsessed scientist husband.

But the highlight of this film must be the special effects and sound of the supersonic aircraft. They look a bit lame now, but in the 1950's this would have been one of the ultimate hi-tech films.


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