High Treason (1951 film)

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High Treason
File:"High Treason" (1951 film).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by Roy Boulting
Produced by Paul Soskin
Written by Roy Boulting
Frank Harvey
Starring Liam Redmond
Anthony Bushell
André Morell
Music by John Addison
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Max Benedict
Distributed by Peacemaker Pictures
Release dates
13 November 1951
Running time
90 min.
Language English

High Treason is a 1951 British espionage thriller filmed in the style of such American "docudramas" as The House on 92nd Street and T-Men.[1][2] It is a sequel to the Oscar-winning 1950 film Seven Days to Noon. Director Roy Boulting, co-director (with his brother John) and co-writer of the first film also directed and co-wrote this one.[2] Frank Harvey, Boulting's co-writer, was also a co-writer of the earlier film. André Morell reprises his role as Detective Superintendent Folland of Scotland Yard's Special Branch from the first film, though in High Treason he is subordinate to the head of Special Branch, Commander Robert "Robbie" Brennan, played by Liam Redmond.[3]

Plot

Enemy saboteurs infiltrate the industrial suburbs of London, intending to plant high-powered bombs at several factory sites. Their motivation is to cripple the British economy and enable subversive forces to insinuate themselves in the government. The saboteurs are thwarted not by the traditional counterintelligence agents but by workaday London police officers.

Cast

Critical reception

The New York Times wrote, "it is worthy to note that High Treason travels at a more leisurely pace than Seven Days, but Roy Boulting, who also directed, achieves an equally intelligent handling of the many pieces needed to fit his intricate jigsaw of a plot," and remarked that, "deft direction, crisp dialogue and a generally excellent cast gives High Treason a high polish," concluding that the film is "a taut tale and a pleasure." [4] while, more recently, Cageyfilms.com wrote, "although the politics of High Treason are as dated as those of Leo McCarey’s My Son John (1952), the location shooting in London and the character details around the periphery of the narrative provide a fascinating documentary portrait of the metropolis just a few years after the war and, as in Sam Fuller’s Pickup on South Street, the ostensible political element can be seen as little more than a McGuffin on which to hang the narrative. And speaking of McGuffins, the film has several very well-developed Hitchcockian elements, particularly the pretentious modern music society which serves as a front for the communist plotters and the labyrinthine building which doubles as a tutorial college and secret commie headquarters." [5]

References

  1. "High Treason (1951)". BFI.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Hal Erickson. "High Treason (1951) - Roy Boulting - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Overview for Andre Morell". Turner Classic Movies.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. http://www.nytimes.com/movie/review?res=9902E7DD123AE03BBC4951DFB3668389649EDE
  5. "Damned Treason". cageyfilms.com.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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