Highly Dangerous (Two Cities 1950, Margaret Lockwood, Dane Clark)

Highly Dangerous 1950 Margaret Lockwood and Dane Clark

King of the ’50s thriller novelist Eric Ambler wrote Highly Dangerous to highlight the talents of Margaret Lockwood, who had recently been the top star of British cinema. Here she plays Frances Gray, a prim and proper entomologist who is recruited by the British secret service to investigate an obscure Balkan state’s attempt to develop biological weapons.

Unfortunately, Gray runs into trouble almost immediately when she shares a train carriage with local police chief Anton Razinski (Marius Goring), who sees that in her baggage she’s carrying an amount of scientific equipment. Realising that her purpose is less than honourable, the Balkan government frames Gray for murder and arrests her. Part of the interrogation involves Gray being injected with a truth serum.

Despite this, she manages to escape and team up with American journalist Bill Casey (Dane Clark). Unfortunately, she is still under the influence of the drug and believes herself to be the heroine in a radio play as she and Casey embark on a mission to liberate some insects infected with the lethal bacteria that are being held in a conservatory…

Margaret Lockwood as Frances Gray
Dane Clark as Bill Casey
Marius Goring as Commandant Anton Razinski
Naunton Wayne as Mr. Hedgerley
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Mr. Luke – British consul
Eugene Deckers as Alf – the ‘contact’
Michael Hordern as Owens – Lab Director
George Benson as Sandwich Stand Customer
Eric Pohlmann as Joe – the bartender
John Horsley as Customs Office

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Writer: Eric Ambler

production details
Year of Release: 1950
Studio: Two Cities
Country: UK
Duration: 90 minutes

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