The Net – 1952 | 86mins | Drama | B&W
Many believe Anthony Asquith chose his next film subject as a reaction against his long time collaborator Terence Rattigan. After eight films with Asquith, Rattigan next worked with David Lean on The Sound Barrier – Asquith rumour has it burst into tears but nevertheless wished all concerned success with the film. Asquith chose to base his next film on the novel The Net by John Pudney, the film tells of a group of international scientists in the security net of an aviation research station working on an aeroplane capable of flying at 2000 miles per hour. Competition between the researchers working on the radical new aircraft is fierce, there’s little love lost amongst the scientists, but no one expects the personal animosities to result in murder. The murder was committed by an enemy spy… but which one of the scientists is the guilty party?
Excerpt© ‘Puffin Asquith’ by R.J. Minney.
Anthony Asquith: Director
John Howell: Art Direction
Desmond Dickinson: Cinematography
Frederick Wilson: Editing
Benjamin Frankel: Music
Anthony Darnborough: Producer
William Fairchild: Script