Author: msroz from United States
18 August 2017
"The Master Plan" (1954) is a British spy-noir. We do not know what the secret plan is (Geheimeplan) but it serves as the McGuffin locked away in a safe room and safe. But despite the security precautions, secrets are being found out. There's a leak in the British military intelligence operation led by Norman Wooland, and Wayne Morris is brought in to ferret out the culprit or culprits because he's an American known to be clean and the past friend of Wooland.
This movie benefits greatly from the skills of director-writer Cy Enfield and cinematographer Jonah Jones at doing a noir film. It's lit and staged in that vein throughout, not just here and there. The story itself makes Morris into an unwilling and unconscious pawn through drugs and hypnosis, and this relates to a number of noir plot elements. Mystery fans will probably guess the spy, but the uncovering of this person is staged with some suspense. The film has a very closed-in feeling that fits the story.