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An Inspector Calls (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 March 1955 (France)
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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Trivia

Brian Worth previously appeared in Last Holiday (1950), also based on one of J.B. Priestley's stories. 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 well-to-do British family has their complacency disrupted by the appearance of Inspector Poole.
14 November 1999 | by (New York) – See all my reviews

This movie is a special favorite of mine. Alistair Sim has never been better; his regretful smile is truly haunting. I particularly enjoy showing this movie to people for the first time, as reactions are never quite the same. What is consistent is that it always gets a reaction! Warning: some female friends count it as a two-Kleenex-box movie...be prepared.

An odd thing...Bryan Forbes, as Eric Birling, resembles American actor John Larroquette remarkably. It doesn't distract from the enjoyment of the movie. Just a curious thing.


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