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The October Man (1947)

 -  Mystery  -  20 May 1948 (USA)
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Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jim Ackland
Jenny Carden
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Peachy
Kay Walsh ...
Molly Newman
Joyce Carey ...
Mrs. Vinton
Catherine Lacey ...
Miss Selby
Adrianne Allen ...
Joyce Carden
Felix Aylmer ...
Dr. Martin
Frederick Piper ...
Det. Insp. Godby
John Boxer ...
Det. Sgt. Troth
Patrick Holt ...
Harry Carden
George Benson ...
Mr. Pope
Jack Melford ...
Esme Beringer ...
Miss Heap
Ann Wilton ...
Miss Parsons


Jim Ackland, who suffers from a head injury sustained in a bus crash, is the chief suspect in a murder hunt, when a girl that he has just met is found dead on the local common, and he has no alibi for the time she was killed. Written by Mike Wilson <>

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20 May 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The little girl Ackland (John Mills) is talking to on the bus is the actor's real daughter, Juliet (Mills). She grew up to become an accomplished actress herself, as did her sister Hayley. See more »

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They Don't Get Much Better Than This!
1 August 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

The superb John Mills plays a man with a history of emotional imbalance. He moves into a rooming house peopled by the sorts who might be charming in a Barbara Pym novel. Here they are increasingly less charming: There's the classic nosy landlady. There's an elderly resident who begs for more coal on the fire: The way she's written to do this made me think of a leitmotif from an Eliot poem.

There's a homely bachelor; there's an attractive young woman involved with a married man. And, there are assorted eccentrics thrown in as well.

Mills meets Joan Greenwood, she of the dark, husky voice. And a murder takes place.

That's all I will say, lest I give anything at all away: Try hard to see this little beauty of a film, knowing as little of the plot in advance as I did. Indeed, before today, I had never heard of it.

If it were an American film of this period it would be called a film noir. It has all the elements but I don't think I'd call it one. It's a psychological thriller, a mystery.

The secondary roles are cast superbly in every case. It's tense, filled with fascinating characters -- it lacks almost nothing. And the two stars could scarcely be better.

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