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High Treason (1951)

A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.

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Roy Boulting

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Credited cast:
Liam Redmond ... Cmdr. Robert Brennan
André Morell ... Supt. Folland
Anthony Bushell ... Maj. Elliott
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Jimmy Ellis
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... George Ellis
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Ellis
Anthony Nicholls ... Grant Mansfield
Mary Morris ... Anna Braun
Geoffrey Keen ... Morgan Williams
Stuart Lindsell Stuart Lindsell ... Commissioner
John Bailey ... Stringer
Dora Bryan ... Mrs. Bowers
Charles Lloyd Pack Charles Lloyd Pack ... Percy Ward
Laurence Naismith ... Reginald Gordon-Wells
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Julian Amyes Julian Amyes
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A wave of sabotage has been sweeping England, taking lives and creating instability. Cmdr. Robert Brennan and Supt. Folland of the Special Branch and Major Elliott of MI5 are charged with putting an end to this internal terrorism.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 May 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alta Traição See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When Kenneth Griffith climbs into the attic and uses the wireless, his Morse code is accurate. He sends out an SOS and calls "all large power stations." See more »

Quotes

Cmdr. Robert Brennan: We have a saying in Ireland that he who sees the dawn catches the herring.
Supt. Folland: There's a saying in China that he who goes to bed early to save candle light begets twins.
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Surprisingly good!
11 June 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The early 1950s saw a ton of anti-communism movies. In the US, such films tended to be sensationalistic and broad....but "High Treason" is different...and in good ways. Instead of being exciting and BIG, the film stresses realism...and it won me over as a result.

The film begins with a bombing. Someone or group of people has apparently been terrorizing Britain by blowing up various factories....but why? Well, it ends up being the work of a group of dedicated spies....and their plans for violence and terror have only just begun. Can the law catch up to them before it's too late?

It's interesting that no where in the film do they talk about communism nor the Soviet Union...never. Instead, they just focus on the investigative process and show, in a very realistic manner, how such an investigation might be conducted. As a result, the authorities are NOT geniuses with super-human abilities...just dedicated and crafty. This is THE reason I loved the film and recommend it to you.


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