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

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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…

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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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Woman’s World (TCF 1954, June Allyson, Lauren Bacall)

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In Woman’s World each of three women (Lauren Bacall, June Allyson, and Arlene Dahl) uses a different facet of feminine wiles and graces to help their husbands when an auto executive searching for a general manager makes his decision based on his impression of their wives. The right man gets the job despite being with the wrong woman. Interesting glimpse at social roles of the mid-’50s, with smart direction by Jean Negulesco.

Alan Reed, who plays Tomaso the restaurant owner in the movie is best known for his voice work as patriarch Fred in the animated series The Flintstones.

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Clifton Webb as Ernest Gifford
June Allyson as Katie Baxter
Van Heflin as Jerry Talbot
Lauren Bacall as Elizabeth Burns
Fred MacMurray as Sid Burns
Arlene Dahl as Carol Talbot
Cornel Wilde as Bill Baxter
Elliott Reid as Tony Andrews
Margalo Gillmore as Mrs. Evelyn Andrews
Alan Reed as Tomaso
David Hoffman as Jabernowski

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Director: Jean Negulesco
Producer: Charles Brackett
Original Story: Mona Williams
Cinematography: Joseph MacDonald
Editor: Louis R. Loeffler
Music: Cyril J. Mockridge
Script: Claude Binyon, Russel Crouse, Howard Lindsay, Mary Loos, Richard Sale
Art Direction: Lyle Wheeler

production details
Country: USA
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1954
Duration: 94 minutes

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Desert Rats, The (TCF 1953, Richard Burton, James Mason)

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The Desert Rats Richard Burton

In The Desert Rats British commando captain Richard Burton takes charge of a hopelessly outnumbered but stubbornly defiant Australian division in their heroic stand against Field Marshal Rommel in North Africa. Their new leader wastes no time in alienating his men, but the Australians prove themselves both plucky and amusing. Another sweeping evocation of the North Africa campaign (an undeniably photogenic setting), with James Mason’s Rommel once again lurking over the next dune.

Following The Desert Fox (1951), Fox Studios quickly assembled The Desert Rats to capitalize on the success of the earlier film. It made almost as much money as The Desert Fox, largely due to the re-appearance of James Mason as Rommel.

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Richard Burton as Capt. ‘Tammy’ MacRoberts
James Mason as Field Marshal Erwin Rommel
Robert Newton as Tom Bartlett
Robert Douglas as General
Torin Thatcher as Col. Barney White
Chips Rafferty as Sgt. ‘Blue’ Smith
Charles ‘Bud’ Tingwell as Lt. Harry Carstairs
Charles Davis as Pete
Ben Wright as Mick

crew details
Director: Robert Wise
Producer: Robert L. Jacks
Cinematography: Lucien Ballard
Editor: Barbara McLean
Music: Leigh Harline
Script: Richard Murphy
Production Design: Addison Hehr, Lyle Wheeler

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Country: UK
Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
Year of Release: 1953
Duration: 88 minutes

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Look Back in Anger (Woodfall 1959, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)

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Look Back In Anger Burton Bloom

Influential British kitchen-sink” drama Look Back in Anger, directed in gritty black and white by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and based on a hugely successful play by John Osborne, follows the apparently doomed marriage of an English couple, Jimmy and Allison Porter.

Richard Burton gives a stunning performance as Jimmy, a role that showed audiences he could perform on screen without the aid of historic armour. Look Back in Anger served as a seminal part of Britain’s “Angry Young Man” movement of theatrical dramas, novels and films and heralded the beginning of the England’s “New Wave cinema.”

Look Back in Anger was Richardson’s first feature for his newly formed Woodfall Films production company.

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Richard Burton as Jimmy Porter
Claire Bloom as Helena Charles
Mary Ure as Alison Porter
Edith Evans as Mrs. Tanner
Gary Raymond as Cliff Lewis
Glen Byam Shaw as Colonel Redfern
Phyllis Neilson-Terry as Mrs. Redfern
Donald Pleasence as Hurst
Jane Eccles as Miss Drury
S.P. Kapoor as Kapoor
George Devine as Doctor
Walter Hudd as Actor
Anne Dickins as Girl A.S.M
John Dearth as Pet Stall Man
Nigel Davenport as 1st. Commercial Traveller

crew details
Director: Tony Richardson
Producer: Harry Saltzman
Cinematography: Oswald Morris
Editor: Richard Best
Music: Chris Barber
Script: Nigel Kneale, John Osborne
Production Design: Peter Glazier

production details
Country: UK
Studio: Woodfall – Warner Bros
Year of Release: 1959
Duration: 115 minutes

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