State Secret

The Great Manhunt

1950

Sidney Gilliat
Director
British Lion
Distributor
London Films
Production Company

American doctor Fairbanks is tricked into travelling to an Eastern Bloc nation to operate on their premier. When said premier dies, the doctor is held prisoner to prevent the news from getting out. He escapes, and the chase is on.

Very good suspense film, sadly neglected (no DVD release to date). Good performances from all and a well-maintained sense of danger. Definitely worth seeking out.

Note: the various actors credited as clubmen are not present in the print consulted. Either the scenes were cut, or the copy available has been trimmed.

-Dave W


State Secret
11th September 1950
Cinema



104 mins
1.37:1

The Great Manhunt
4th October 1950
Cinema



104 mins
1.37:1



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Douglas Fairbanks Jr.
Dr. John Marlowe
Glynis Johns
Lisa Robinson
(says Elisa Robinson on newspaper)
Jack Hawkins
Colonel Galcon
Herbert Lom
Karl Theodor
Karel Stepanek
Dr. Revo
Walter Rilla
General Niva
Carl Jaffe
Janovic Prada
(as Carl Jaffé)
Olga Lowe
Baba 'Robinson'
Therese Van Kye
Teresa 'Robinson'
Hans Olaf Moser
Sigrist
(as Hans Moser)
Eric Pohlmann
Cable Car Conductor
Peter Illing
Macco
Paul Demel
Barber
Anton Diffring
State Policeman
Leonard Sachs
Dr. Poldoi
Robert Ayres
Arthur J. Buckman
Howard Douglas
Clubman
Martin Boddey
Clubman
Russell Waters
Clubman
Arthur Howard
Clubman
Gerard Heinz
Tomasi Bendel
Leslie Linder
Andre
Leo Bieber
Man at Telephone Box
Nelly Arno
Shopwoman
Danny Green
Taxi Driver
Arthur Reynolds
Compere
Richard Molinas
Red Nose
Louis Wiechert
Christian
Gerik Schjelderup
Bartorek
Henrik Jacobsen
Mountain Soldier (Antonet)
Guido Lorraine
Lieutenant Prachi
Gordon Tanner
Joe, Buckman's Soundman
Philo Hauser
Bystander
(unconfirmed)
Unknown 18198
Man in Hospital
Unknown 18198
Nurse
Ian Wallace
Club Doorman
Jack Armstrong
Reception Guest
Unknown 18198
Nurse
Unknown 18198
Fake Patient
Unknown 18198
Tram Passenger
Gerry Judge
Passerby
Rex Garner
Passerby
Robert Cawdron
State Policeman
Tony Castleton
Passerby
Alessandro Tasca
Voice: State Radio Commentator
Joe Wadham
Man on Theatre Stage
John Warren
Macco's Assistant
Unknown 18198
Barge Captain
Ferdy Mayne
Mountain Regiment Officer
Richard Marner
Mountain Regiment NCO
(unconfirmed)
Unknown 18198
Radio Operator
Paul Beradi
Airline Passenger
Alexis Chesnakov
Francks
Marianne Deeming
Sophie
Arsene Kirilloff
Vilnik
Pat Neal
Nursing Sister
Arthur Skinner
Man in Background
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198
Unknown 18198

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