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Dick Barton at Bay (1950)

Special Agent Dick Barton has been assigned to recover a kidnapped professor and de-activate a death ray before catastrophe occurs and World War III is declared.

Director:

Godfrey Grayson

Writers:

Ambrose Grayson (story), Ted Kavanagh (by arrangement with) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Don Stannard Don Stannard ... Dick Barton
Tamara Desni ... Anna
George Ford George Ford ... Snowey White
Meinhart Maur Meinhart Maur ... Serge Volkoff
Joyce Linden Joyce Linden ... Mary Mitchell
Percy Walsh Percy Walsh ... Prof. Mitchell
Campbell Singer Campbell Singer ... Sir George Cavendish
John Arnatt ... Jackson
Richard George Richard George ... Inspector Slade
Beatrice Kane Beatrice Kane ... Betsy Horrock
Patrick Macnee ... Phillips (as Patrick McNee)
George Crawford George Crawford ... Boris
Paddy Ryan Paddy Ryan ... Fingers
Fred Owens Fred Owens ... A Gangster (as Fred Owen)
Yoshihide Yanai Yoshihide Yanai ... Chang
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Storyline

Special Agent Dick Barton has been assigned to recover a kidnapped professor and de-activate a death ray before catastrophe occurs and World War III is declared.

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Crime | Sci-Fi

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 October 1950 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Dick Barton and the Ray of Death See more »

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Final film of Tamara Desni. She retired after this. See more »

Quotes

Dick Barton: You'll never get away with it, Volkoff!
Serge Volkoff: Oh, but I shall, Mr. Barton. We'll see who makes world headlines - you or I. Au revoir, my friend.
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Follows Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949) See more »

Soundtracks

The Devil's Galop
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Music by Charles Williams
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Daring Dick Disintegrates Dastardly Doings
6 May 2006 | by SpondonmanSee all my reviews

From the opening seconds you can tell this is in a different class to Special Agent, the first film of the three Dick Barton's. Background music and continuity are more professional and both gel to produce a tension sadly lacking before and the plot is also more cohesive, less slapstick and truer to the spirit of the thing. However the acting qualities are the same as before, Stannard playing Barton as a manly stoic clean-living clean thinking clean talking gentleman British God. See Red Dwarf for similarities to Arnold Rimmer, and his especially his parallel universe version who occasionally cropped up.

This time Dick and Snowy are embroiled in trying to foil an Iron Curtain attempt to steal fantastic British disintegrator ray machine invention. Was anyone in the cinema really worried at the outcome? Patrick MacNee was hard to recognise as the callow youth at the beginning, but even then he was being cast as an all-round Good Egg. It wasn't released until October 1950, over a year after Stannard's death in a car crash in July 1949.

A nice little unassuming potboiler, showing Hammer developing into a smoother operation.


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