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Silent Dust (1949)

A wealthy blind man is determined to build a cricket pavilion as a memorial to his dead son, who was killed in battle in World War II. Not long before the dedication ceremony is to be held,... See full summary »

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A wealthy blind man is determined to build a cricket pavilion as a memorial to his dead son, who was killed in battle in World War II. Not long before the dedication ceremony is to be held, the son shows up; it turns out that he wasn't killed in battle but deserted, and has become a blackmailer and a killer. He wants to get some money to "start a new life", but his blind father senses that something is wrong and sets out to find out what's going on. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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29 December 1949 (USA)  »

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Stylish Looking Production
8 June 2013 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

It was the curious title "Silent Dust" that drew me to this interesting story. Here is a film that draws on all the characteristics of well made Noir. Talented Director of Photography Wilkie Cooper has certainly worked very hard to give this film a great deal of visual vitality. This versatile D.O.P. certainly has an impressive list of titles to his credit, ranging from high Drama, Comedy, and Fantasy with such gems as: "I See A Dark Stranger" '46, "Stage Fright" '50 "Pickwick Papers" and a string of acclaimed Harryhausen classics that followed one after another...."7th Voyage of Sinbad", "Mysterious Island" "Jason and the Argonauts" the list gos on....Here, he is working with Camera man Robert Day, who would later go on to Direct 'The Green Man' and 'Tarzan the Magnificent' (also penning the Screenplay) To help enhance their creative moods they have the talents of Art Director C.P. Norman known for: 'This Happy Breed', Night and the City, and 'Titfield Thunderbolt'. Little wonder with Director Lance Comfort, they were able to reel in such a fine looking drama.

The Cast also impresses, beginning with beautiful blond Sally Gray who initially trained as a dancer with Fred Astair. After suffering a nervous breakdown in 1941 and being off screen for a long five years, she graduated nicely into dramatic roles. Sally resisted invitations by Hollywood and retired following marriage, 'Silent Dust' unfortunately is one of her last performances. She shines in the role of the Daughter in Law to blind man Stephen Murray --who brilliantly plays his part-- The Wife, played by Irish beauty Beatrice Campbell tends to be a little stilted in her delivery, the director perhaps needed to work harder here. Sadly Beatrice's career was cut short with her death at 56.

The Son, who hides many dark secrets is performed with nasty skill by Nigel Patrick. Writers Michael and Ronald Pertwee have fleshed out interesting characters for this compelling story based on their play 'The Paragon'. A near perfect descriptive Music score by classic french composer George Auric adds the final tonal touches to this intriguing tale.

While some may feel the script has some minor flaws this title remains well worth catching or buying on DVD. If you were as unfortunate as I, you may have caught it on Gem Digital TV in Australia. This channel has much to learn about presenting classic films, their annoyingly large 'Lolly Pink' graphics appear before and after each add break, often cutting off essential image and lines of dialog ~ please, lets see a little more respect shown for your viewers and the movies. Tone down the colour and size of your overdone logos! (Seven two, get my vote and more of my viewing for this very reason) Ken Roche.


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