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An Inspector Calls (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 25 November 1954 (USA)
When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death.

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Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them ? Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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A tale of investigation into the lives of five people who have forged a tragic chain of circumstances. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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25 November 1954 (USA)  »

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Det är från polisen  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Worth and Alastair Sim previously costarred in A Christmas Carol (1951) as Fred and Ebenezer Scrooge. See more »

Goofs

Despite the film/story being set in 1912 England, the ladies dresses feature zip fasteners, commercial development of which did not begin until 1913 in Canada and the USA. See more »

Quotes

Sheila Birling: [about the girl who committed suicide by drinking disinfectant] Was she pretty?
Inspector Goole: She wasn't very pretty when I saw her last in the infirmary.
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Connections

Referenced in Inspector Morse: Second Time Around (1991) See more »

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A superior mystery with a twist in the tail.
1 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film demonstrates , that when the cast are given such a

wonderful story, the film doesn't need big stars or outlandish

special effects to succeed. Alastair Sim stars as the mysterious

Inspector Goole, who calls upon the wealthy Birling family, to

investigate the death of a local girl, Eva Smith. The audience is led

to believe, that because the dead girl had worked in the Birlings

factory , Mr Birling is the subject of the investigation , but as the

story unravels, it is apparent that the rest of the family are involved

in the girls death. When I first saw this film I was unfamiliar with

Priestley's work, but after the final scene, I was enthralled. The

ending took me completely by surprise. Good supporting cast of

British actors, including a young Bryan Forbes as Eric Birling, but

as in all his films, Alastair Sim stands head and shoulders above

everybody else, and carries the film. I would recommend this

movie to everybody, but don't give away the ending.


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