"The Frightened Man" (1952) is a good little British film noir. My copy runs 66 minutes. It's probably missing a scene or two because the IMDb time is listed as 69 minutes. There is in fact one jarring cut from after a bungled robbery and truck crash to Walsh wearing a sling.
The other reviewers and the IMDb rating of 6.3 have this one pegged right, in my opinion. The main performances all aid the story greatly. Dermot Walsh is fine as a young man with a chip on his shoulder who gets discharged from Oxford for fighting and turns to crime for easy money. This is a fun movie to watch even for Walsh's performance alone. He's attracted to Barbara Murray who smolders for him pretty well too. Walsh's father (Charles Victor) is an antiques dealer who sometimes deals as a fence, unknown to Walsh. He deals with a big crook, Martin Benson. Walsh engineers a diamond theft after Murray gets a job at a diamond merchant. She has no idea what her newly-minted husband is up to. Since this is noir, do not expect everything to go well for our thief-protagonist. There are some nicely-photographed night scenes in this one, and it moves right along.
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