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The Secret Man (1958)

A physicist finds himself drawn into an investigation to track down a spy at his research station.

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Ronald Kinnoch

Writers:

Brian Clemens (screenplay) (as Tony O'Grady), Ronald Kinnoch (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Marshall Thompson ... Dr. Cliff Mitchell
John Loder ... Maj. Anderson
Henry Oscar ... John Manning
John Stuart ... Dr. Warren
Anne Aubrey ... Jill Warren (as Ann Aubrey)
Magda Miller Magda Miller ... Ruth
Murray Kash Murray Kash ... Waldo
Michael Mellinger ... Tony Norwood
Robert MacKenzie Robert MacKenzie ... Dale (as Robert McKenzie)
Tom Bowman Tom Bowman ... Charles
Peter Elliott Peter Elliott ... Syms
Bernard Archard ... Inspector
Stan Simmons ... Tomkins
Robert Dorning Robert Dorning ... Captain Scott
Shirley Thieman Shirley Thieman ... Shiela
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A physicist finds himself drawn into an investigation to track down a spy at his research station.

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Thriller | Drama

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Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1958 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Toter schweigt See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: The characters and incidents in this film are fictitious and bear no relationship to any person living or dead. See more »

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Waste of time Cold War thriller
30 July 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE SECRET MAN is a British attempt at a Cold War spy thriller which is so cheap and lifeless that it's difficult to sit through without becoming bored by the whole experience. It's a pity, as obviously time and resources have been wasted on what is a lacklustre production, lacking the drive and sense of danger that would have made it a decent movie.

The film features Marshall Thompson who plays a rocket scientist working in England. Thompson is familiar from his starring roles in a number of British 'B' horror and sci fi pics including FIEND WITHOUT A FACE and FIRST MAN INTO SPACE; those two films were also made by Amalgamated Productions, who produced THE SECRET MAN. Incidentally, they're a lot better than this 'straight' thriller, which misses the mark throughout.

Thompson's character believes that an enemy spy is working undercover at his laboratory so he decides to investigate to try to bring the fellow to light. The authorities take an interest and he himself goes undercover to catch the suspect. Lots of shenanigans follow, none of which are interesting, and there aren't even any good British character actors in support. THE SECRET MAN really is a waste of time, and not something I can recommend.


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