High Treason (1929)

UK, 1929 [1930 – sound version]
7046 feet
35mm film, black and white, 1.33:1
mono, silent [released in all sound and silent versions], English

A British science fiction film directed by Maurice Elvey.

Plot Summary

In 1950 (1995 in French versions), the Atlantic States and the European States, share a frontier prepare for a catastrophic after a minor border incident escalates. The only hope for peace lies with the World Peace League.


* = uncredited

Direction: Maurice Elvey
Copyright throughout the world by The Gaumont Company Limited, 1929
The Gaumont Company Ltd. presents. Controlled throughout the world by The Gaumont Company Ltd.
Board of Trade Registration Number: BR2822
Production Management: L'Estrange Fawcett
Scenario: L'Estrange Fawcett
Based on a Play by: Pemberton Billing [real name: Noel Pemberton-Billing]
Assistant Directors: F.V. Merrick [real name: Fred V. Merrick]; David Lean *
Photography: Percy Strong
2nd Assistant Camera: Alan Lawson *
Dance Number and Incidental Music by: Louis Levy, Q. MacLean [real name: Quentin MacLean]
Musical Direction: Louis Levy
Song: Walter R. Collins
Recording: Stan Jolly
Costume Designer: Gordon Conway *
Art Direction: Andrew L. Mazzei [real name: Andrew Mazzei]

Benita Hume (Evelyn Seymour)
Basil Gill (President [Stephen Deane] of Europe)
Humberston Wright (Dr Seymour)
Jameson Thomas (Michael Deane)
James Carew [Lord Rawleigh] *
Alf Goddard [tele-radiographer] *
Judd Green [James Groves] *
Clifford Heatherley [delegate] *
Hayford Hobbs [Charles Falloway] *
Raymond Massey [cabinet member] *
Wally Patch [commissionaire] *
René Ray *
Irene Rooke [senator] *
Milton Rosmer [Ernest Stratton] *
Kiyoshi Takase *
Henry Vibart [Lord Sycamore] *

Extracts included in
Cinema Europe: The Other Hollywood (1996)



Other sources

  • BFI Southbank Guide p.18 – illustrated listing