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Dick Barton: Special Agent

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Dick Barton: Special Agent
Dick Barton Special Agent (1948 film).jpg
Opening title
Directed byAlfred J. Goulding
Written byAlfred J. Goulding
Alan Stranks
Based onthe BBC radio serial
Produced byHenry Halstead
StarringDon Stannard
George Ford
CinematographyStanley Clinton
Edited byEta Simpson
Music byJohn Bath
Distributed byExclusive Films
Release date
10 May 1948
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Dick Barton: Special Agent (released in the USA as Dick Barton, Detective) is a 1948 British spy film about special agent Dick Barton.[1] It was the first of three films that Hammer Film Productions made about the British agent, followed by Dick Barton at Bay and Dick Barton Strikes Back.[2]


Dick Barton (Don Stannard) and his colleagues Snowy and Jock are investigating smuggling when attempts are made on his life. It turns out there is a neo-Nazi plot to contaminate Great Britain's water supply.


  • Don Stannard as Dick Barton
  • George Ford as Snowy
  • Jack Shaw as Jock
  • Gillian Maude as Jean
  • Beatrice Kane as Mrs Horrock
  • Ivor Danvers as Snub
  • Geoffrey Wincott as Dr Caspar
  • Arthur Bush as Schuler
  • Alec Ross as Tony


Though critically unpopular, the film's commercial success prompted Hammer to make a number of movies based on radio and/or TV shows. It was released in the USA as Dick Barton, Detective.[3][4]

Critical reception

Sky Cinema noted "schoolboy shenanigans from slick Dick and his (badly miscast) aides Jock and Snowy. More laugh-a-minute than thrill-a-minute, this was British 'B'-film making at its grimmest."[5] DVD Talk wrote "the picture has an Ed Wood-like ineptitude."[6] and Allmovie blamed "too much comic relief and terrible pacing."[2]


  1. ^ "Dick Barton Special Agent (1948)". BFI.
  2. ^ a b "Don Stannard - Biography, Movie Highlights and Photos". AllMovie.
  3. ^ Pitts, Michael R. (10 March 2019). Famous Movie Detectives III. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810836907 – via Google Books.
  4. ^ Dick Barton Special Agent Archived 17 May 2012 at the Wayback Machine at
  5. ^ "Dick Barton - Special Agent". Find and Watch.
  6. ^ "The Dick Barton Trilogy - Dick Barton, Special Agent / Dick Barton at Bay / Dick Barton Strikes Back (Region 2)". DVD Talk.

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