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Solid courtroom drama
Paularoc6 March 2013
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Count Stephan Mikla is murdered in Prague to prevent his sharing documents proving that Lord Brasted received a huge bribe to cover up the theft of millions of dollars from a fund to aid postwar displaced persons. Mikla had been in communication with Derek Waterman, the Secretary to Lord Brasted, who is convinced that Mikla was murdered although the official verdict was suicide. Waterman also knows, through Mikla, the role that Brasted played in the theft and shares this information with the Prime Minister. All this gets him is being fired and then sued for libel by Lord Brasted. The lawyer advocating for Brastad is Lord Dearing, wonderfully played by Eric Portman. Brasted's wife is as devious as Brasted is arrogant and evil. (I repeatedly wrote Brasted's name as Brastard for good reason). The courtroom scenes are especially good but so are the scenes that lead to the unraveling of the evidence against Waterman wherein Dearing proves to be a highly honorable man. It was nice seeing Clair Bloom in her film debut. I was not familiar with the actors Michael Denison or Anne Crawford who did admirable jobs in their roles. Although the film is a bit longer than perhaps it should have been, it's still recommended.
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A bit stagey, but not too bad
calvertfan23 June 2002
Good if you like court-room dramas, also good if you like very long movies because this one positively drags - despite an excellent cast consisting of the wonderful Anne Crawford. If all the boring bits were cut out, this would be one fast paced and snappy little thriller. It starts off promising, with the murder that is done up to look like a suicide, but then fails to deliver anything quite as good until almost the very end. A little romance is of course woven into the plot, and most of the fun comes from young Claire Bloom.
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A Dull Plot
howardmorley18 November 2014
I rated this movie 5/10 mainly because of the actors & actresses in leading parts whom I admire, especially Eric Portman and Anne Crawford after their characters romance in "Millions like Us" (1943), Michael Denison as Algernon Montcrief in "The Importance of being Earnest" (1952) and Claire Bloom in her first leading role.However the plot is a dull one and too talky which other users above have noted and with their opinions I concur. There is not enough locational footage to relieve the somewhat claustrophobic setting, as the film seems to be 95% shot in the film studio.I like to see daylight occasionally in my favourite films!
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False premise undermines talky drama
malcolmgsw20 October 2014
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At the beginning of this film a Czech dignitary is killed by his valet.He shoots him from about 5 yards.He then places the gun in the dead mans hand.It is subsequently accepted by all,except Michael Dennison that it was suicide when any post mortem would come to the more logical conclusion that it was murder.This is an important plot point and would mean much of the plot would be rendered redundant.No clear reason is ever given for the murder.Much of the rest of the film is a very talky and stagy courtroom drama.As someone who has done his fair share of civil litigation the idea that letters can just be produced to a court without telling the other side,and at the trial is farcical.Particularly as at least one is a fake.Although reasonably entertaining this film could just as well have been made as a radio play.
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