British quad poster
|Directed by||Compton Bennett|
|Produced by||George H. Brown|
George H. Brown|
|Based on||a novel by Martha Albrand|
|Music by||Ronald Binge|
|Edited by||John D. Guthridge|
George H. Brown Productions (as Fanfare)
|Distributed by||General Film Distributors (Uk)|
|17 March 1953 (London) (UK)|
A Dutchman wrongly accused of a crime goes on the run through Germany in search of the only witness who can clear him.
- Dirk Bogarde - Simon Van Halder
- Mai Zetterling - Anna DeBurg
- Philip Friend - Captain Bob Sawyer
- Albert Lieven - Paul Ravitch
- Fritz Wendhausen - Warder Goeter
- Carl Jaffe - Becker
- Gerard Heinz - German Prison Doctor
- André Mikhelson - Polizei Inspector
- Harold Ayer - Captain Trevor Wood
- Walter Gotell - Ravitch's Servant-Henchman
- Friedrich Joloff - Valentin Vladek
- Simone Silva - Mink, Valentin's girl
- Ferdy Mayne - Detective Laurence
- Walter Rilla - Colonel Bertrand, Dutch consulate
- Antonio Gallardo - Spanish Dancer
The New York Times wrote, "the sum and substance of this production...is a great deal of panting exercise within and all over two cities, offering little about which to care" whereas TV Guide found it "quite suspenseful, with Bogarde turning in an exceptionally fine performance."
- "Desperate Moment". BFI.
- "Desperate Moment". TV Guide.