GenreThriller, Drama CinematographyC. M. Pennington-Richards CountryUK
Release date17 March 1953 (London) (UK) Based ona novel by Martha Albrand WriterMartha Albrand (novel), George H. Brown, Patrick Kirwan CastDirk Bogarde (Simon Van Halder), Mai Zetterling (Anna DeBurg), Philip Friend (Capt. Bob Sawyer), Albert Lieven (Paul Ravitch, alias Schleger), Fritz Wendhausen (Warder Goeter), Carl Jaffe (Cellblock Guard Becker) Similar moviesMai Zetterling appears in Desperate Moment and The Lost People
TaglineTERROR races through the streets of BERLIN!
Desperate moment 1953 84 minutes dirk bogarde mai zetterling british thriller
Desperate Moment is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Compton Bennett and starring Dirk Bogarde, Mai Zetterling and Philip Friend.
It was made at Pinewood Studios and on location in Germany including scenes shot at Berlin's Brandenburg Gate. The film's sets were designed by the art director Maurice Carter.
A Dutchman wrongly accused of a crime goes on the run through Germany in search of the only witness who can clear him.
Dirk Bogarde as Simon Van Halder
Mai Zetterling as Anna DeBurg
Philip Friend as Captain Bob Sawyer
Albert Lieven as Paul Ravitch
Fritz Wendhausen as Warder Goeter
Carl Jaffe as Becker
Gerard Heinz as German Prison Doctor
André Mikhelson as Polizei Inspector
Harold Ayer as Captain Trevor Wood
Walter Gotell as Ravitch's Servant-Henchman
Friedrich Joloff as Valentin Vladek
Simone Silva as Mink, Valentin's girl
Ferdy Mayne as Detective Laurence
Walter Rilla as Colonel Bertrand, Dutch consulate
Antonio Gallardo as Spanish Dancer
Paul Hardtmuth as Wharf Watchman
Theodore Bikel as Anton Meyer
The New York Times wrote, "the sum and substance of this production...is a great deal of panting exercise within and all over two cities, offering little about which to care" whereas TV Guide found it "quite suspenseful, with Bogarde turning in an exceptionally fine performance."