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The October Man (1947)

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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Jenny Carden
Edward Chapman ...
Mr. Peachy
Kay Walsh ...
Molly Newman
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Mrs. Vinton
Catherine Lacey ...
Miss Selby
Adrianne Allen ...
Joyce Carden
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Dr. Martin
Frederick Piper ...
Det. Insp. Godby
John Boxer ...
Det. Sgt. Troth
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Harry Carden
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Mr. Pope
Jack Melford ...
Wilcox
Esme Beringer ...
Miss Heap
Ann Wilton ...
Miss Parsons
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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 no alibi for the time she was killed. Written by Mike Wilson <Mike.Wilson6@btinternet.com>

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The Great Star of "Great Expectations" at His Greatest! See more »

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20 May 1948 (USA)  »

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Zwielicht  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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The little girl Ackland (John Mills) is talking to on the bus is the actor's real daughter, Juliet Mills. See more »

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Jim Ackland: I didn't give up! I didn't give up!
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Goes well with fruitcake and a cup of tea...
10 February 2006 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

Top class British entertainment of the old school, when the UK had a film industry. Atmospheric, edgy plot and direction (for 1947) thanks to Eric Ambler, and lots of period detail of character and setting that come from a world gone by. Plugging the iron into the light socket, for example. You'll laugh, but you'll be rooting for John Mills in the seedy lodging house full of dodgy salesmen, lingerie models and brigadiers' spinster daughters all the way. Mills is often a bit (literally) lightweight in leading roles, but here the character of a vulnerable, sensitive junior scientist fits like a glove. Well worth a rental.


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