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School for Secrets

  • War
  • Drama
  • 1946
  • Peter Ustinov
  • 102 mins
  • PG

Summary

The scientists who invented radar face a few battles of their own. Second World War drama, with Ralph Richardson, Raymond Huntley and Richard Attenborough

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

After the war, the RAF and the Ministry of Defence wanted to boast about their invention of radar and the job of producing, directing and writing the account went to the 25-year-old Peter Ustinov who might well have been promoted as the British Orson Welles. Ralph Richardson plays the boffin and there are some half-hearted action scenes and mini-melodramas to flesh out the reams of technospeak. Ultimately the movie survives on two counts: its excellent cast and Ustinov's refusal to make a blatant back-slapper by suffusing the film with both a distorted attitude to heroism and a cartoonish wit.

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Credits

Cast

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Prof HeathervilleRalph Richardson
Jack ArnoldRichard Attenborough
Prof Laxton-JonesRaymond Huntley
Dr McVitieJohn Laurie
Dr DaintyErnest Jay
Mr WatlingtonDavid Tomlinson
Sir Duncan Wilson WillsFinlay Currie
Dr WainwrightNorman Webb
Lt Cdr LowtherMichael Hordern
BBC announcerAlvar Liddell

Crew

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DirectorPeter Ustinov

Details

Theatrical distributor
General Film Dist Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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