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The Man in the Road (1956)

Communist agents trail an important scientist to try to steal his top-secret new formula.

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writers:

Anthony Armstrong (novel), Guy Morgan
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Derek Farr ... Ivan Mason / Dr. James Paxton
Ella Raines ... Rhona Ellison
Donald Wolfit ... Professor Cattrell
Lisa Daniely ... Nurse Mitzi (as Lisa Danielly)
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Dr. Manning
Russell Napier Russell Napier ... Scotland Yard Supt. Davidson
Cyril Cusack ... Dr. Kelly
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Medwood Inspector Hayman
Karel Stepanek ... Dmitri Balinkev
Alfred Maron Alfred Maron ... Ambulance Driver
John Welsh ... George White - the Gamekeeper
Olive Sloane ... Mrs. Lemmin - the Landlady
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A man suffering from amnesia is held at an English country estate, used as a sanatorium. The doctors and nurses insist on an identity unfamiliar with him, and he's to go to Russia. On a forbidden trip outside the hospital, he's told it's a plot to kidnap him. With the help of an American girl, evidence mounts. Written by westernOne

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Would his captive mind betray his secret?

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 April 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Der Mann der sich selbst verlor See more »

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Production Co:

Gibraltar Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)| Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The final film of Ella Raines. See more »

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A montage showing a newspaper with a headline questioning whether Paxton's death is a hoax is a copy of THE EVENING NEWS, but the presses running in the background are clearly printing NEWS OF THE WORLD. See more »

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Ella Raines my favourite American heroine
27 August 2016 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I really enjoyed seeing Ella Raines;(the web 1947, the suspect & la dama desconicida a.k.a phantom lady 1944, The senator was indiscreet 1947 and of course impact 1949) in this British produced film from 1956; in fact she was my favourite American heroine actress.She died aged 68 of a lung type of cancer.This was my first viewing of this film courtesy of Youtube.com.Her personality seemed to be naturally heroic and hence she sparkled in this genre film.Russell Napier appeared in numerous British 'b' films in the 50s & early 60s playing Scotland Yard police inspectors and here makes another appearance as such.The lead actor, Derek Farr I know from "The Dambusters" (1954) Quiet Wedding (1940) & Quiet Weekend (1946).Karel Stepanek played his usual nasty character which was usually a Nazi as in "Sink the Bismark" (1960) or as here a Communist agent.Remember this was filmed before perestroika at the height of the cold war.

Another reviewer made a comparison of the lovely Ella Raines with the equally lovely Gene Tierney with which I concur.I certainly did not find the plot too talky and it had a nice balance between dialogue and action and I awarded it 7/10.


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