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Anne Maitland, K.C.
Hugh Sinclair ...
Nigel Stewart
Guy Middleton ...
Guy Ransome
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Geoffrey Whitcomb
Terence Longdon ...
Alan Whitcomb
John Warwick ...
Inspector Raynor
Brenda de Banzie ...
Molly Wheeler (as Brenda DeBanza)
Arthur Howard ...
Charles Vaughan
Bruce Belfrage ...
The Judge
Fanny Rowe ...
Liz (as Frances Rowe)
H.S. Hills ...
Frank Lindsell
Hélène Burls ...
Mrs. Brock
Bill Shine ...
Willie
June Mitchell ...
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Barbara Shaw ...
Press Woman
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A female lawyer hears a knock on her door one night and discovers that it is an old boyfriend, whose current girlfriend has thrown him out, and he needs a place to stay the night. She agrees to let him sleep on the sofa but he must leave the next morning. When he returns home he finds that his girlfriend has been murdered. His former lover agrees to defend him without telling the court that he spent the night with her. Complications ensue. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Romantic melodrama is enjoyable early Hammer
29 January 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Made at the Manchester Film Studios in the autumn of 1951, this is one of the best of the early Hammer productions before their name had become synonymous with Horror.

Rosamund John is sympathetic and convincing as Anne Maitland, an ambitious barrister whom has taken silk, only to put old flame Guy Ransome (Middleton) up for the night, inadvertently providing him with an alibi for murder. Unwisely deciding to defend him, in her first case since becoming KC, she then finds current lover Nigel Stewart (Hugh Sinclair) leading for the prosecution.

This is all made more plausible than it sounds by smooth direction from the prolific Francis Searle, with more vivid characterisation than usual in a film of this type, which has its share of lighter moments too. Hugh Sinclair who made several second features around this period, gives a typically accomplished performance and Guy Middleton a more sinister version of the upper-class playboy type he often portrayed. The court room scene is well done, witnesses include Arthur Howard as a flamboyant actor and sometime Carmen Miranda impersonator, Brenda de Banzie as a brassy tart and there's a nice turn from Bruce Belfrage as the judge. There's also one of the final appearances of veteran actor and former director of quota quickies Henry Edwards as a solicitor, while future star Harry H. Corbett appears fleetingly.


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