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Appointment with Crime (1946)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  18 February 1951 (USA)
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An ex-con, released after imprisonment for a jewel theft, swears vengeance on his former accomplices and devises an intricate plan to steal their fortune.

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Leo Martin
Raymond Lovell ...
Gus Loman
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Det. Insp. Rogers
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Gregory Lang
Joyce Howard ...
Carol Dane
Alan Wheatley ...
Noel Penn
Cyril Smith ...
Det. Sgt. Charlie Weeks
Elsie Wagstaff ...
Mrs. Wilkins
Ian Fleming ...
Prison governor
Wally Patch ...
Joe Fisher - Garage Manager
Ian McLean ...
Det. Mason
Harry Lane ...
Big Mike (as Henry Lane)
Frederick Morant ...
Harry Millerton
Ivor Barnard ...
Jonah Crackle
John Rorke ...
Casson - The Butler
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An ex-con, released after imprisonment for a jewel theft, swears vengeance on his former accomplices and devises an intricate plan to steal their fortune.

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16 April 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

William Hartnell (Leo Martin) feels he has been set up in a jewellery robbery that goes wrong. He is caught and sent to prison and then emerges keen on confronting his pals that let him down, ie Raymond Lovell (Gus Loman) who now owns a successful nightclub and chauffeur Victor Weske (Hatchett). He commits a murder and frames Lovell with blackmail by using Lovell's gun. However, Lovell's gun actually belongs to gang mastermind Herbert Lom (Gregory Land) and Lovell, in turn, blackmails Lom. Robert Beatty (Rogers) is the detective responsible for solving this murder and he pursues Hartnell and the dancehall hostess Joyce Howard (Carol) who Hartnell has been spending all his time with.

While the story is quite entertaining and has some clever moments, eg, the orangeade scene and it's later significance, the cast let things down. The worst offenders are the VERY unconvincing baddie Alan Wheatley (Noel), Joyce Howard, Raymond Lovell and William Hartnell. There are also minor characters that irritate. In fact, the film is only saved by Herbert Lom and Robert Beatty - a completely different league to the others. Not because they are doing anything outstanding but because they are capable of a competent, believable performance.

Alan Wheatley - convincing as a flowery homosexual but utterly wrong as a gangster. Awfully camp dialogue delivery. Joyce Howard - laughably bad at acting. Terrible diction. Raymond Lovell - another unconvincing gangster. Miscast as heavy with a lisp. William Hartnell - trying too hard to be tough. Pitches his voice in a semi-shout which can be hilarious (eg, when Howard asks his name, he shouts at her "Leo the Lion") but is mostly annoying.

Overall, the film is OK while you are watching but it needs a cast transplant. It has the potential to be a good film but this lot ruin it somewhat.


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