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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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Is he real... or the creature of conscience? See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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

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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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Referenced in Birds of a Feather: An Inspector Stays (1993) See more »

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Excellent - A unique masterpiece
24 July 2002 | by (Ile-de-France / Paris Region, France) – See all my reviews

This film is one of my top favourites and each successive viewing makes me like it more and more. Perhaps I have a partiality for Priestly as I adored as well "Last Holiday". Whether it is the superb black-and-white photography, the plaintive theme music by Francis Chagrin ( Eva's Theme ), the masterly way in which the plot unfolds as the film progresses, the surprise ending ... all contribute to make this a small masterpiece which is never to be forgotten once seen.

Basically, a wealthy family in the early part of the 20th century are having a little celebration at home when proceedings are interrupted by a rather mysterious police inspector who says he has come to interrogate them about a young lady who has just died through suicide in an infirmery. When the young lady's name is pronounced, this doesn't ring any bells with those present but - this is where the fun starts and you can just see it coming - the inspector proceeds, via flashbacks, to establish a connection between all present and the unfortunate young lady who has passed on ...... The plot is excellently made, and build up to a final climax with brio. They just don't make films like this any more !

The film has now been available for about 18 months ( October 2007 ) on a DVD in the UK only which while sporting an excellent copy of the film, offers no subtitles or other languages and no interesting extras for the viewer. This is a bit of a shame for a film which, to me at least is to be considered as a small masterpiece of British Cinema. The theme music is also now available on a Francis Chagrin CD.


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