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Highly Dangerous (1950, Dane Clark, Margaret Lockwood)



The King of the 50s thriller, novelist Eric Ambler, wrote this comedy spy thriller (directed by Roy Ward Baker) to highlight the talents of Margaret Lockwood, one of the top stars of British cinema. She plays Frances Gray, a prim entomologist recruited by the British secret service to investigate an obscure Balkan state’s attempt to develop biological weapons.

Unfortunately, she runs into trouble almost immediately when she shares a train carriage with police chief Anton Razinski (Marius Goring) who realises she’s carrying scientific equipment. He frames her for murder, and she is injected with a truth serum. But she escapes and teams up with American journalist Bill Casey (Dane Clark).

Luckily for Frances she is a devotee (so she can relay the stories to her young nephew) of a popular BBC radio thriller and uses knowledge gained from listening to the show to liberate the insects that have been infected with the lethal bacteria…

production details
UK / Rank – Two Cities / 88 minutes / 1950

Writer: Eric Ambler
Cinematography: Reg Wyer
Music: Richard Addinsell
Producer: Anthony Darnborough
Director: Roy Baker

Eugene Deckers as Alf, the ‘contact’
Wilfrid Hyde-White as Mr. Luke, British consul (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Gladys Henson as Attendant
Olaf Pooley as Detective-Interrogator
Michael Hordern as Lab Director Owens
George Benson as Sandwich Stand Customer
Marius Goring as Commandant Anton Razinski
Margaret Lockwood as Frances Gray
Dane Clark as Bill Casey
Naunton Wayne as Mr. Hedgerley
Paul Hardtmuth as Priest
Eric Pohlmann as Joe, the bartender