State Secret (1950) AKA The Great Manhunt


In post-WW2 Europe, when the dictator of a small police state dies during surgery, the operating surgeon, who’s a visiting American doctor, is held captive in order to preserve the terrible state secret.

Director: Sidney Gilliat. AKA The Great Manhunt
Stars: Douglas Fairbanks Jr., Jack Hawkins, Glynis Johns, Walter Rilla, Karel Stepanek, Herbert Lom, Hans Olaf Moser, Guido Lorraine, Robert Ayres, Howard Douglas, Martin Boddey, Russell Waters, Arthur Howard, Carl Jaffe, Gerard Heinz.

1950 Venice Film Festival – Nominated for the Golden Lion.
1951 BAFTA Film Awards – Nominated for Best British Film.


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  1. Lemmy
    January 7, 2019

    Great! Thanks Jon!!

  2. Pau lDeed
    September 16, 2019

    What a fantastic site. I’ve been looking for this film for years. It’s an absolute lost gem. THANK YOU SO MUCH!!!

  3. Arthur Maglen
    July 7, 2021

    Great movie, top-notch story, fantastic locations (Trento, the Dolomite Mountains), even features a made-up language (Vosnian) created just for the movie,

    Very similar story to CRISIS (1950) a rare Cary Grant flick that came out the same year, – I watched the two of them one after the other, fascinating.

  4. Mark Pearson
    January 29, 2024

    Exceptional great movie.. off the ranks.

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