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Writers:
Nigel Balchin (novel)
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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 »
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(17 articles)
User Reviews:
Brooding Tale of Redemption See more (21 total) »

Cast

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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)
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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 editor (uncredited)
Tom Simpson .... assistant cutter (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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Trivia:
When Sammy and Susan are at the Hickory Tree night club, Susan spots Gillian, an old acquaintance, and asks Sammy to start talking, to avoid the meeting. Sammy starts, and then Susan joins in reciting the following lines: "I never nurs'd a dear gazelle, / To glad me with its soft black eye, / But when it came to know me well / And love me, it was sure to die." These lines are from the poem Lalla Rookh (in the section entitled The Fire Worshipers) by the Irish poet Thomas Moore (1779-1852).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:
Sammy Rice:I must have a drink. Ask me to have a drink woman.
Susan:Have a drink Sammy.
Sammy Rice:Whisky?
[Susan nods.]
Sammy Rice:No thanks Susan.
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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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22 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Brooding Tale of Redemption, 24 August 2000
Author: chazzy-3 (ccasinghino@suffield.crec.org) from Suffield, Connecticut

This film is an interesting return to the general subject matter of Powell and Pressburger's black and white war films (49th Parallel, One of our Aircraft, etc..), but, made four years after the end of the war, it is a moody piece that focuses on a man disabled by the war. It is typical of their work in that it features brilliantly well-rounded, truly adult characters without easy answers or one-dimensional poses; it is also a departure from their other films of the period in its lack of flamboyance and otherworldly flair. The gritty style - no music, for example, and wonderfully spare dialogue by Pressburger - is perfectly echoed by the intense performances of Kathleen Byron and David Farrar. As always, Powell's keen visual sense is paramount to the brilliance of the Archers' films, and the bomb-defusing scene on the beach makes great use of the setting in its compositions and editing. Although it is not the best introduction to the work of Powell and Pressburger, this film is a keen testament to the capacity of their storytelling abilities in weaving a tale of a man who finds redemption through work and love. Whether their films are explorations of the power of art or the effects of war, I consistently find their work profoundly moving. Let's hope that it is FINALLY released on video or, better still, DVD. (Attention, Scorcese!!!!)

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