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The Risk (1960)

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UK scientists find a cure for plague but their government, fearing its military-biological potential, keeps the discovery secret until a scientist is duped into giving it to a foreign power.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Dr. Robert Marriott
Virginia Maskell ... Dr. Lucy Byrne
Ian Bannen ... Alan Andrews
Peter Cushing ... Professor Sewell
Raymond Huntley ... Sir George Gatting the Minister of Defense
Thorley Walters ... Special Agent Prince
Donald Pleasence ... Parsons, alias Bill Brown
Spike Milligan ... Arthur, lab orderly
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Dr. Shole
Robert Bruce Robert Bruce ... Levers
Anthony Booth ... Parkin
Basil Dignam ... Dr Childs
Brian Oulton ... Director
Sam Kydd ... Slater
John Payne John Payne ... Iverson
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A government team researching cures for plague find their results put on the Official Secrets list. One of their number is so incensed by this that he lets the maimed and jealous companion of a female colleague draw him into what, technically, could be a treasonable act. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 September 1962 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Risk See more »

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1.37 : 1
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First cinema film of Anthony Booth. See more »

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Unusual film from the Boultings
14 September 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a film that was made by the Boultings at about the time they were preparing I'm Alright Jack.It contains some pretty odd characters.Virginia Maskell who was engaged to amputee Ian Bannen but is still living with him.Bannen himself playing the amputee who for some reason has to have most things done for him despite the fact that even in the sixties prosthetic limbs were available.There is also the secret service portrayed by Nigel Stock as bumbling but effective.At the time this film was made the country was getting over the shock of the defections to Russia and the errors made by the secret service.Donald Pleasance is effective as the seedy go between.Peter Cushing also stands out as the head of the department,whilst Tony Britton makes the best of a rather thankless role.A very interest and almost unknown film.


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