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Directed byJohn Boulting
Roy Boulting
Written byNigel Balchin
Roy Boulting (additional scenes)
Jeffrey Dell (additional scenes)
Based onnovel A Sort of Traitors by Nigel Balchin
Produced byJohn Boulting
Roy Boulting
StarringTony Britton
Virginia Maskell
Ian Bannen
CinematographyMax Greene
Edited byJohn Jympson
Charter Film Productions
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation
Release dates
  • 15 November 1960 (1960-11-15) (London, UK)
Running time
81 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Suspect is a 1960 British thriller film directed by Roy Boulting and John Boulting and starring Tony Britton, Virginia Maskell, Ian Bannen, Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence. Based on the 1949 novel A Sort of Traitors by Nigel Balchin, it was filmed on a limited budget at Shepperton in seventeen days.[2] The film was released in the United States as The Risk.[3]

It was shot at Shepperton Studios with sets designed by the art director Albert Witherick.


A young scientist's pioneering work and his acquaintance with subversive anti-government groups attract the attention of the authorities.[4]


Critical reception

The Times wrote, "the film is produced and directed by Mr. Roy and Mr. John Boulting; they have made a workmanlike job of what was a workmanlike book".[5] TV Guide later wrote, "at times it is highly crafted, and the careful planning behind the production comes through well. However, the rapid shoot and low budget occasionally give this the look of a made-for-television film, and despite the tautness of the direction, the story is merely a routine thriller."[6]


  1. ^ Egg-Heads who Really Tick Author: Patrick Gibbs Date: Saturday, Nov. 12, 1960 Publication: The Daily Telegraph (London, England) Issue: 32837 page 11
  2. ^ "Suspect - Britmovie - Home of British Films".
  3. ^ Hal Erickson. "The Risk (1961) - John Boulting,Roy Boulting - Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related - AllMovie". AllMovie.
  4. ^ "Suspect (1960)". BFI.
  5. ^ "SUSPECT (1960 Drama/Suspense)".
  6. ^ "The Risk".