Walk East on Beacon

Walk East on Beacon is a 1952 American film noir drama film directed by Alfred L. Werker and starring George Murphy, Finlay Currie, and Virginia Gilmore. It was released by Columbia Pictures. The screenplay was inspired by a May 1952 Reader's Digest article by J. Edgar Hoover entitled "The Crime of the Century: The Case of the A-Bomb Spies." The article covers the case against Julius and Ethel Rosenberg for treason; however, the film substitutes real atomic spying with vague top secret scientific programs. Extensive location shooting was done in New England, around Washington Union Station and in FBI laboratories.

Walk East on Beacon!
Theatrical release poster
Directed byAlfred L. Werker
Produced byLouis De Rochemont
Written byJ. Edgar Hoover an article
Laurence Heath
Emmett Murphy
Based onThe Crime of the Century
StarringGeorge Murphy
Finlay Currie
Virginia Gilmore
Music byLouis Applebaum
CinematographyJoseph C. Brun
Edited byAngelo Ross
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • April 29, 1952 (1952-04-29)
Running time
98 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$1.35 million (US rentals)[1]

Plot summary

Federal agent Belden (George Murphy) is assigned to locate the communist mastermind behind the leak, and to trace all avenues of informational access utilized by the Communists. Professor Albert Kafer (Finlay Currie) is the space-weapons scientist who is being blackmailed by the Reds into cooperating with them, while Alexi Laschenkov (Karel Stepanek) is the top Eastern-Bloc spy.[2]

Using state of the art technology, such as an early miniature video camera, and ingenious methods like a roomful of foreign language lip readers, the G-men crack the case and with the help of the US Coast Guard rescue the professor before he can be spirited away by submarine.


Comic book adaption

  • Fawcett Motion Picture Comics #113 (November 1952)[3]


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