An Inspector Calls (1954)

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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.



(adapted from the play by) (as J. B. Priestley) , (screenplay)
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Complete credited cast:
Olga Lindo ...
Arthur Young ...
Brian Worth ...
Eileen Moore ...
Bryan Forbes ...
Jane Wenham ...
George Woodbridge ...
Fish & Chip Shop Owner
Barbara Everest ...
Committee Member
Charles Saynor ...
Police Officer
Olwen Brookes ...
John Welsh ...
Shop Walker
Frances Gowens ...
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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 <>

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


Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

25 November 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Det är från polisen  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The feature debut of Norman Bird. See more »


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 »


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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Brilliant, whimsical, and unsettling
29 May 2001 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

Alistair Sim is brilliant in the title role. This is a filmed stage play, but in absolutely the best possible connotations of the phrase; it gives the viewer the sense of intimacy and participation one gets from watching live theater. The tale itself basically combines a bit of "Tales From The Unexplained" with Noel Coward and Aesop's Fables with a dash of Hitchcock for good measure. More than that I shall not say except all four of the family members' supporting performances are excellent. When this inspector calls, he is not soon forgotten.

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