Dick Barton Strikes Back (1949)

Genres - Action, Crime, Drama, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film  |   Run Time - 73 min.  |   Countries - UK, USA  |  
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Dick Barton (Don Stannard) investigates the northern village of High Glen, where every living thing has suddenly died without any apparent explanation. Autopsies reveal that the brains of the victims were all shrunken -- literally dehydrated -- but there is no known scientific process that would explain how this could happen. Barton must not only determine the cause, but also its connection, if any, to the mysterious Mr. Fouracada (Sebastian Cabot) and the murder of Crespin, a British agent who was returning from Prague with news of a plot against England. While Barton is investigating the first tragedy, another village is destroyed, making it imperative that he tie up the ends of the case before more people die -- and figure out what the connection of all of it may be to a traveling fair that was seen in the vicinity of both villages before they were wiped out.

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bad-guy, battle [war], cliff-hanger, criminal, destruction, escape, espionage, good-guy, hatred, nuclear-holocaust, nuclear-weapon, post-nuclear-holocaust, snake, threat, village, warmonger, world-destruction