Ring of Spies

Ring of Spies

Robert Tronson (1963)

86min
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Review

Our Score
Throughout his career, Frank Launder proved himself to be just as capable of turning out a nail-biting thriller, as he was of crafting a chortle-worthy comedy. For once, separated from his usual partner, Sidney Gilliatt (although the latter's brother Leslie acted as producer), Launder and co-writer Peter Barnes capably retell the story of the Portland spy ring, whose activities prompted "Reds under the bed" scare stories in the popular press. The docudramatic style rather undermines director Robert Tronson's attempts to build suspense, but there's a nice irony in the casting of Bernard Lee ("M" from the Bond movies) as a blackmail target.

Summary

An intriguing drama based on the true story of the Portland spy ring - an unlikely Soviet operation active in southern England in the late 1950s. This compelling drama stars Bernard Lee, William Sylvester, Margaret Tyzack and David Kossoff and charts the duel between Soviet intelligence and British counter-espionage - and a trade in deadly secrets directed from a bungalow in suburban Ruislip.

Cast & Crew

Henry Houghton Bernard Lee
Gordon Lonsdale William Sylvester
Elizabeth Gee Margaret Tyzack
Peter Kroger David Kossoff
Helen Kroger Nancy Nevinson
Commander Winters Thorley Walters
Marjorie Shaw Gillian Lewis
Lieutenant Downes Brian Nissen
PO Meadows Newton Blick
Captain Ray Philip Latham
Anderson Cyril Chamberlain
Christina Justine Lord
Director Robert Tronson
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: British Lion Film Corp LtdAvailable on: DVD