. DRIVE-IN DOUBLE FEATURE #119*
THE RISK (1959) Peter Cushing, Tony Britton, Thorley Walters, Donald Pleasence, Ian Bannen. The Risk is a great movie, a fine blend of medical sci-fi and espionage. Cushing heads a research lab that has created a new super virus that cures bubonic plague. Unfortunately, the government feels it could be used as a horrible germ-warfare weapon. Cushing and his staff are outraged when British Intelligence forbids them to publish their work. Will they publish anyway, or give it to another government? This great thriller has fine performances. Walters is great as the bumbling, yet sly head of British Intelligence; Pleasence is the seedy go-between who lures scientist Britton into handing over the secrets of the virus to another power; and Bannen is terrific as the paraplegic who arranges the exchange. A memorable film. Highly recommended. 16mm. ESCAPEMENT (1957) Rod Cameron, Mary Murphy, Meredith Edwards, Peter Illing. A mad scientist conducts weird experiments on people with a mind altering, electronic brain machine. Terrific dream sequences are the highlight of this British sci-fi movie. There are also some very unusual lab scenes. Interesting sci-fi. 16mm.
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