Forbidden Territory

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Forbidden Territory
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Directed by Phil Rosen
Written by Alma Reville
Dorothy Farnum
Based on The Forbidden Territory by Dennis Wheatley
Produced byRichard Wainwright
Starring Gregory Ratoff
Ronald Squire
Binnie Barnes
Tamara Desni
Cinematography Richard Angst
Charles Van Enger
Edited by Hugh Stewart
Music by Louis Levy
Wainwright Productions
Distributed by Gaumont British Distributors
Release date
10 December 1934
Running time
82 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

Forbidden Territory is a 1934 British thriller film directed by Phil Rosen and starring Gregory Ratoff, Ronald Squire and Binnie Barnes. [1] It was based on the 1933 novel The Forbidden Territory by Dennis Wheatley. [2]


The film, about an Englishman and his son who travel to the Soviet Union to rescue a family member being held in prison. [3]




Forbidden Territory was released on December 10, 1934, in the United Kingdom. [4] It was requested in British Parliament that Forbidden Territory be banned as it was anti-Russian the Friends of Soviet Russia requested that it be banned. [2] This was followed by the Maryport Community Party also requesting it to be withdrawn from cinema as it was "libel on the Soviet working man." [2] The film was approved by the board on the basis that there was "no political element in it at all." [2]

The film was re-released in April 1940. [5]


The Monthly Film Bulletin reviewed the film on its 1940 reissue, declaring it had a "highly improbable plot" but contained enough suspense and excitement to justify its reissue. [1]


Tony Shaw in his book British Cinema and the Cold War stated that Forbidden Territory provided the groundwork for the cycle of Cold War spy melodramas that would be released in the 1950s. Specifically, the "typical" Englishman fighting injustices in a foreign geographical and political environment. [2]

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  1. 1 2 R.W.D. 1940, p. 54.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 Shaw 2001, p. 15.
  3. Quinlan 1984, p. 57.
  4. "Forbidden Territory". British Film Institute . Retrieved 23 April 2023.
  5. Shaw 2001, p. 16.