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Ring of Spies

  • Documentary and factual
  • Drama
  • 1963
  • Robert Tronson
  • 86 mins
  • PG

Summary

A navy clerk assigned to a top secret research facility is blackmailed into stealing vital information. Fact-based spy thriller, starring Bernard Lee and William Sylvester

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

Throughout his career, Frank Launder proved himself to be just as capable of turning out nail-biting thrillers as he was of crafting chortle-worthy comedies. 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.

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Credits

Cast

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Henry HoughtonBernard Lee
Gordon LonsdaleWilliam Sylvester
Elizabeth GeeMargaret Tyzack
Peter KrogerDavid Kossoff
Helen KrogerNancy Nevinson
Commander WintersThorley Walters
Marjorie ShawGillian Lewis
Lieutenant DownesBrian Nissen
PO MeadowsNewton Blick
Captain RayPhilip Latham
AndersonCyril Chamberlain
ChristinaJustine Lord

Crew

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DirectorRobert Tronson

Details

Theatrical distributor
British Lion Film Corp Ltd
Languages
English
Available on
DVD
Formats
Black and white
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