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No Trace (1950)

When crime-writer Robert Southley finds his well-healed London lifestyle threatened by blackmail from a former American criminal associate he murders him. He is surprised when a Scotland ... See full summary »

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When crime-writer Robert Southley finds his well-healed London lifestyle threatened by blackmail from a former American criminal associate he murders him. He is surprised when a Scotland Yard friend then invites him to help solve the case. To make matters worse, his loyal secretary also starts investigating, thinking she is helping. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Plodding British crime
9 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found NO TRACE to be a rather plodding British crime film and one that falls flat compared to rival product from the era. It has a good cast but proceeds to waste that cast on a slow-moving plot that follows obvious routes while lacking the kind of suspense and danger present in most other films from the period.

The protagonist is the rather stuck up Hugh Sinclair who works as a writer of popular crime mysteries. One day he finds himself blackmailed by an old face from his past (a fun Michael Brennan) who knows a few skeletons in the closet, so to get rid of the blackmailer Sinclair decides to murder him. He does this by adopting an odd disguise which gives this B-movie some of the feel of an old Columbo episode.

Eventually the police investigate and Sinclair becomes more and more desperate to cover his tracks. The story - by John Gilling, who also directs - is solid enough but the execution does fall rather flat and it doesn't help that Sinclair is so resolutely dull. Dinah Sheridan is better as the investigating secretary, while John Laurie and Barry Morse are a good double act as the police. A young Dora Bryan has a crucial supporting role and there's a ubiquitous Sam Kydd cameo too.


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