Release date6 December 1950 (London) CastMargaret Lockwood (Frances Gray), Dane Clark (Bill Casey), Marius Goring (Commandant Anton Razinski), Naunton Wayne (Mr. Hedgerley), Wilfrid Hyde-White (Mr. Luke, British consul (as Wilfrid Hyde White)), Eugene Deckers (Alf, the 'contact') Similar moviesThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest, All the President's Men, The Paperboy, Defence of The Realm, The Angry Hills
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Highly Dangerous is a 1950 British spy film starring Margaret Lockwood. The screenplay was written by Eric Ambler.
Frances Gray is as a British entomologist trying to stop a biological attack with the help of an American journalist.
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 (as Wilfrid Hyde White)
Eugene Deckers as Alf
Olaf Pooley as Detective-Interrogator
Gladys Henson as Attendant
Paul Hardtmuth as Priest
Michael Hordern as Lab Director Owens
George Benson as Sandwich Stand Customer
Eric Pohlmann as Joe
Joan Haythorne as Judy
Patric Doonan as Customs Man
Anthony Newley as Operator
Margaret Lockwood had not made a film in 18 months following Madness of the Heart, focusing on stage work. Earl St. John wanted a comeback vehicle and commissioned Eric Ambler to write her a film specifically as a vehicle for Lockwood. Although he had recently specialised in melodramas, Highly Dangerous was a comedy thriller in the vein of Lockwood's earlier hits, The Lady Vanishes and Night Train to Munich. It was directed by Roy Ward Baker, who had served with Ambler during the war.
"One thing about Eric is that he presents you with a script that is beautifully finished in every detail", said Baker.
"I think Margaret Lockwood wanted to play a modern woman", recalled Baker. "It was actually Eric Ambler's first or second book, although the book had a different title and its main character was a man; Eric changed it to a woman to make it more interesting."
The filmmakers wanted a Hollywood leading man to play opposite Lockwood. Wendell Corey was originally sought before the role was given to Dane Clark, who had recently left Warner Bros. Filming started in June 1950 and took place at Pinewood Studios.
Baker later said that "Highly Dangerous wasn't a very successful picture.... It was a good idea although I don't think I did it very well."