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Release Date:
March 1952 (UK) See more »
The hidden life of a second-hand dealer inadvertently ensnares his son. Julius Rosselli (Dermot Walsh)... See more » | Add synopsis »
Actor Martin Benson Dies
 (From Famous Monsters of Filmland. 24 March 2010, 2:00 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order)
Dermot Walsh ... Julius Rosselli
Barbara Murray ... Amanda
Charles Victor ... Mr. Rosselli
John Blythe ... Maxie
Michael Ward ... Cornelius Hart
Thora Hird ... Vera
John Horsley ... Harry Armstrong
Annette D. Simmonds ... Marcella
Martin Benson ... Alec Stone
Ballard Berkeley ... Inspector Bligh
Peter Bayliss ... Bilton
Thomas Gallagher ... Matthews
Reginald Dyson ... Dr. Luigi
Armand Guinle ... Mr. Dent (as Amando Guinle)
Tony Spear ... Airline Booking Clerk

Directed by
John Gilling 
Writing credits
John Gilling (written by)

Produced by
Robert S. Baker .... producer
Monty Berman .... producer
Original Music by
John Lanchbery 
Cinematography by
Monty Berman 
Film Editing by
Jack Slade 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei 
Makeup Department
Betty Cross .... coiffure (as Bette Cross)
Gerry Fairbank .... makeup artist
Production Management
Jimmy Shingfield .... production manager (as James Shingfield)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Asher .... assistant director
Peter Crowhurst .... third assistant director (uncredited)
Tony Harris .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Leonard Bulkley .... sound recordist (as Len Bulkley)
George Burgess .... sound supervisor
Fred Tomlin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Besche .... camera operator
Desmond Davis .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Turpin .... focus puller (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ellen Trussler .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Arthur Cox .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Eric Robinson .... musical director
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Doreen Soan .... production secretary (uncredited)

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69 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)


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Dermot Walsh turns to crime and a diamond heist, 5 June 2014
Author: msroz from United States

"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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