Bill Rogers, an American pilot taking special training in the States, gets an unauthorized hop to England to pay a surprise visit his beautiful Norwegian wife. He is devastated when he finds that she has moved out of their flat and is living a new and glamorous lifestyle entertaining a lot of men. After being knocked unconscious by an unseen assailant in her upscale West End apartment, he awakens to find his wife shot to death with his service pistol. On the run from police he persuades a young woman who runs a Salvation Army soup kitchen to believe in his innocence and help him uncover the real culprit. Although the police do not know as yet that he is in Britain, he has just 36 hours before he is declared AWOL and his identity is exposed. The trail leads to a corrupt customs official, smuggling, blackmail, and a mysterious safety deposit box. Written by
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Sister Jenny Miller:
Hmm, you mean as it stands, they don't know who you are?
Major Bill Rogers:
They don't even know I'm in England, but when they do know, well, I'm trapped, I'm washed up, I'm locked up! That's why I've got less than 36 short hours to clear myself and find who killed Katie and a lot of other things!
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TERROR STREET is the alternate title for this UK film noir, not to be confused with the 1965 US film 36 HOURS (a completely different story). The plot of this movie is a well-worn one: an American returns to post-war England to discover that his British wife has been murdered, and that he himself is deeply implicated in the crime. It will remind some viewers of THE LIMPING MAN, or even of D.O.A. in some ways. The direction is tight and the film moves along nicely, with plenty of interesting detail from the kinds of colorful characters we often encounter in British films of this period. John Chandos is a standout as a sleazy villain. And there is an amusing turn from Jane Carr as a confused soup kitchen supervisor.
For Dan Duryea fans, TERROR STREET is a keeper. This is one of the lanky actor's most sympathetic late-career performances. Every word he utters and everything he does in this film is believable and we can really sense his desperation to resolve the terrible trap into which he has fallen. Duryea really raises this well-done programmer a notch or two with his indelible presence.
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