Ring of Treason


1h 30m 1964

Brief Synopsis

The film is based on the actual events of the Portland Spy Ring trial in the U.K. A disgruntled Navy Clerk is transferred to a secret research establishment and is subsequently black-mailed/paid by Czech intelligence to procure secrets for them. He seduces the secretary who controls the most secret documents, and they enjoy the fruits of their treachery until the British authorities begin to close in on them.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ring of Spies
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 May 1964
Production Company
British Lion Films
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

Synopsis

Warrant officer Henry Houghton, discharged from the staff of the British Embassy in Warsaw because of his disgraceful drinking, returns to England and is assigned to the Navy's Underwater Weapons Establishment at Portland. Soon afterwards he is contacted by a friend of his former Polish girl friend and blackmailed into the Soviet spy ring led by Gordon Lonsdale. Houghton becomes friendly with spinster Elizabeth Gee, who has access to keys to the department's safe. He gains her assistance in stealing documents and convinces her to give them to Lonsdale, in spite of the fact that Elizabeth believes Lonsdale to be a NATO officer. Lonsdale photographs the documents and passes them on to London book dealer Peter Kroger and his wife, Helen, who then transmit them by radio to Moscow. Houghton's free spending of money from his illegal income soon arouses the suspicion of the British intelligence service, and it is not long before they track down and arrest the members of the spy ring.

Film Details

Also Known As
Ring of Spies
Release Date
Jan 1964
Premiere Information
New York opening: 28 May 1964
Production Company
British Lion Films
Distribution Company
Paramount Pictures
Country
United Kingdom

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 30m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White

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Notes

Released in Great Britain in 1964 as Ring of Spies. The film is based on the Portland (England) Spy Case, 1961. A narrator introduces the film with documentary footage of the actual spies.