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Writers:
Nigel Balchin (novel)
Michael Powell (writer) ...
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Release Date:
23 February 1952 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
As the Germans drop explosive booby-traps on 1943 England, the embittered expert who'll have to disarm them fights a private battle with alcohol. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
Nominated for BAFTA Film Award. See more »
User Reviews:
This is from a time when writers still roamed the earth See more (21 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Farrar ... Sammy Rice

Kathleen Byron ... Susan

Jack Hawkins ... R.B. Waring
Leslie Banks ... Col. A.K. Holland

Michael Gough ... Capt. Dick Stuart

Cyril Cusack ... Cpl. Taylor
Milton Rosmer ... Prof. Mair
Walter Fitzgerald ... Brine
Emrys Jones ... Joe

Michael Goodliffe ... Till
Renée Asherson ... A.T.S. corporal
Anthony Bushell ... Col. Strang
Henry Caine ... Sgt. Maj. Rose
Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Gladwin
James Dale ... Brigadier
Sam Kydd ... Crowhurst, door sentry
June Elvin ... Gillian
David Hutcheson ... Norval
Sidney James ... 'Knucksie' Moran, barkeeper
Roderick Lovell ... Capt. Pearson
James Carney ... Sgt. Groves
Roddy Hughes ... Welsh doctor
Geoffrey Keen ... Pinker
Bryan Forbes ... Peterson, dying gunner (as Brian Forbes)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ted Heath ... Band Leader (uncredited)

Patrick Macnee ... Man at Committee Meeting (uncredited)

Robert Morley ... The Minister (uncredited)
Richard Nielson ... (uncredited)
John Stratton ... Young Army Officer at Committee Meeting (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Powell 
Emeric Pressburger 
 
Writing credits
Nigel Balchin (novel)

Michael Powell (writer) &
Emeric Pressburger (writer)

Produced by
George R. Busby .... assistant producer
Michael Powell .... producer
Emeric Pressburger .... producer
Anthony Bushell .... associate producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Brian Easdale 
 
Cinematography by
Christopher Challis 
 
Film Editing by
Clifford Turner 
 
Casting by
Madeleine Godar (uncredited)
 
Production Design by
Hein Heckroth 
 
Art Direction by
John Hoesli 
 
Costume Design by
Josephine Boss 
 
Makeup Department
Peter Evans .... makeup assistant (uncredited)
Dorrie Hamilton .... makeup supervisor (uncredited)
Iris Tilley .... assistant hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Sydney Streeter .... assistant director (as Sydney S. Streeter)
Jack N. Green .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Archie Knowles .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ivor Beddoes .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Childs .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Ted Clements .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Harry Pottle .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Dario Simoni .... set dresser (uncredited)
Pat Sladden .... junior draughtsman (uncredited)
Wallis Smith .... chief draughtsman (uncredited)
Charles Townsend .... production buyer (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alan Allen .... sound
W.H.O. Sweeney .... dubbing sound (as Bill Sweeny)
Peter Butcher .... boom operator (uncredited)
Peter Meyers .... assistant boom operator (uncredited)
George Stephenson .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
Cyril Swern .... sound editor (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Francis .... camera operator
Anthony Hopking .... still photographer (uncredited)
Will Lee .... focus puller (uncredited)
John von Kotze .... clapper loader (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Dalmayne .... wardrobe master (uncredited)
Arthur Skinner .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
May Walding .... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Stephen Bearman .... colorist (digitally restored version)
Reginald Mills .... supervising editor
Noreen Ackland .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Derek Armstrong .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Tom Simpson .... assistant cutter (uncredited)
Tom Simpson .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Frankie Taylor .... junior cutter (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Kenny Baker .... composer: night club scene music (as Ted Heath's Kenny Baker Swing Group)
Hubert Clifford .... musical director
Frederick Lewis .... composer: night club scene music (as Fred Lewis)
 
Other crew
Doreen North .... continuity
Gwladys Jenks .... production secretary (uncredited)
Vivienne Knight .... publicist (uncredited)
Marjorie Mein .... production department secretary (uncredited)
George Mills .... production assistant (uncredited)
Charles Orme .... production assistant (uncredited)
Jean Osborne .... publicity assistant (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Small Back Room" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
106 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
This film marked the return of Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger to Alexander Korda's London Films, after a successful but rather strained period at Rank.See more »
Goofs:
Boom mic visible: A little over 75 minutes into the film, during the scene where the character of Sammy Rice trashes his sitting room, the shadow of the boom mic can be seen reflected in the empty picture frame in the foreground of the shot.See more »
Quotes:
Susan:Where were you going Sammy?
Sammy Rice:I don't know.
Susan:A woman?
Sammy Rice:Maybe.
Susan:How about me?
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Movie Connections:
Featured in The Unforgettable Sid James (2000) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
If You Were the Only Girl in the WorldSee more »

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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
This is from a time when writers still roamed the earth, 12 January 2008
Author: Benoît A. Racine (benoit-3) from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

A fine terse drama like this one is inconceivable today for many reasons, most of them having to do with market forces which dictate that only films about superheroes in long underwear and adolescent revenge fantasies are to get financing and international distribution. But the main reason why it can't be duplicated today is the quality of the writing by Emeric Pressburger, an innovative genius who wasn't afraid to leave his mark on material adapted from another medium and to use his imagination to keep things vivid at all times. The film shines in its production values, photography, art direction, casting but most of all in its details and its capacity to involve the viewer in a subject that would seem almost repellent today, a complicated and imperfect man's devotion to his work in time of war. If a film's success is to be measured by its capacity to take the viewer out of the ordinary, this film is certainly a hit. Its success is helped by the talent of the principals, a wise woman every warrior would like to return to (Kathleen Byron) and the most gorgeous hunk of uncompromising masculinity ever to grace a British screen and titillate the female viewers, David Farrar.

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