The Steel Key

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The Steel Key
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Original Australian daybill poster
Directed by Robert S. Baker
Written by John Gilling
Based ona story by Roy Chanslor
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Starring Terence Morgan
Joan Rice
Raymond Lovell
Cinematography Gerald Gibbs
Edited by Peter Taylor
Music by Frank Cordell
Distributed by Eros Films (U.K.)
Release date
  • May 1953 (1953-05)(U.K.)
Running time
69 min.
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Steel Key is a 1953 British thriller film directed by Robert S. Baker and starring Terence Morgan, Joan Rice and Raymond Lovell. [1]



Adventurer Johnny O'Flynn (Terence Morgan) attempts to track down thieves who have stolen a secret military formula for producing hardened steel; but ruthless others who will stop at nothing are also on the trail.


Critical reception

TV Guide gave the film two out of five stars, calling it a "Silly spy drama...The complicated plot doesn't quite work, but audiences should enjoy it anyway"; [2] while Allmovie wrote, "a little-known British melodrama with some potent talent involved, including actors Terence Morgan and Joan Rice and future Saint director Robert Baker"; [3] and Fantastic Movie Musings and Ramblings concluded, "It's a British B-movie thriller with slight touches of noir to it, and it's moderately entertaining. It's worth a look for the curious, if you can find it."[ citation needed ]

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