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The Case of the Red Monkey (1955)

Little Red Monkey (original title)
Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 19 June 1955 (USA)
Several murders of nuclear scientists, that baffles Scotland Yard, occur in London about the same time that Bill Locklin, a special officer from the United States State Department, arrives ... See full summary »

Director:

Ken Hughes

Writers:

Eric Maschwitz (story), James Eastwood (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Conte ... Bill Locklin
Rona Anderson ... Julia Jackson
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Supt. John Harrington
Sylva Langova Sylva Langova ... Hilde Heller - chief spy
Colin Gordon ... Harry Martin - reporter
Donald Bisset Donald Bisset ... Editor Harris
John King-Kelly John King-Kelly ... Spy Henchman
Bernard Rebel Bernard Rebel ... Vinson - Spy Henchman
Arnold Marlé Arnold Marlé ... Prof. Leon Dushenko
John Horsley ... Det. Sgt. Gibson
Jane Welsh ... Supt. McCollum - sanitarium
Theodore Wilhelm Theodore Wilhelm ... Secretary of the International Social Club
Colin Tapley ... Sir Clive Raglan
Noel Johnson Noel Johnson ... Det. Sgt. Hawkins
Jessica Kearns Jessica Kearns ... Airport Hostess
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Storyline

Several murders of nuclear scientists, that baffles Scotland Yard, occur in London about the same time that Bill Locklin, a special officer from the United States State Department, arrives to oversee the transfer of Professor Leon Dushenko, a Russian scientist who as fled the U.S.S.R. An attempt is made on Dushenko's life with a monkey's paw-print found at the scene. Newspaperman reporter Harry Martin is covering the story. Duskenko is moved secretly to a nursing home, while Locklin stumbles onto the hideout of the gang behind the killings. He is captured along with Julia Jackson, niece of Superintendent John Harrington. Locklin is tortured to reveal Dushenko's hiding place but escapes in time to avert Duskenko's murder at the hands of the gang's hired-killer---a midget who is aided by a monkey. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Russian

Release Date:

19 June 1955 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Case of the Red Monkey See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Russian spy network in the heart of 1950s London
22 May 2016 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

The Burgess, Maclean and Philby spy drama of the early 1950s inspired Merton Park Studios to produce this cold war'B' drama about a midget Russian spy who controls a red monkey and who with his spy colleagues go about bumping off nuclear scientists in Britain.Actor Russell Napier is upgraded from his Scotland Yard inspector role which he performed in the acclaimed Edgar Lustgarten 1950s TV crime series.

Another user review above has written a detailed synopsis of the plot so I won't repeat it.There is a very catchy tune "The Little Red Monkey" played on the organ which was popular at the time and which accompanies this film.Rhona Anderson who plays Russell Napier's niece threw herself I thought too willingly at Richard Conte, the American State Department agent who is helping British security to transport Livchenko to the U.S.to gain political asylum along with his nuclear secrets.At about one hour duration this 'B' movie keeps the attention of the viewer and I awarded it 6/10.


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