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Scarlet Thread (1951)

 |  Drama  |  May 1951 (UK)
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Two villains team up to steal some jewelry. The robbery goes wrong and an innocent man is shot.

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Two villains team up to steal some jewelry. The robbery goes wrong and an innocent man is shot.

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Fine Brit-noir sparked by tight story and direction
28 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The version I watched ran almost 76 minutes, not 85 minutes, and ended abruptly. It's missing the final reel, which is a shame because this is a superior noir both in story and cinematography.

Among the fine cast is Canadian-born Arthur Hill who had not yet moved to America. Sydney Tafler and Laurence Harvey do their usual superior work. Harvey was 3 years into his career while Tafler had a full 10 years experience. The female lead was handled more than capably by Kathleen Byron whose career spanned 1938-2001.

Director Lewis Gilbert made excellent use of locations. He later directed such noirs as The Good Die Young and Cast a Dark Shadow.

The story is well-constructed because its source is a play. The mature Tafler, a Cambridge graduate and now a jewel thief, befriends the coarse, youthful, immature (but not with ladies), and emotional Harvey, who has saved his life. Tafler needs a strong right arm. Harvey wants the experience and good life that Tafler offers.

They rob a jewel in Cambridge. Forced to flee, they take refuge on the college grounds and are taken in by a master who remembers Tafler. Needless to say, a good many complications arise out of this setup.


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