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Director:
Writers:
J.B. Priestley (adapted from the play by)
Desmond Davis (screenplay)
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Release Date:
18 March 1955 (France) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A tale of investigation into the lives of five people who have forged a tragic chain of circumstances. See more »
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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(41 articles)
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User Reviews:
A superior mystery with a twist in the tail. See more (37 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Alastair Sim ... Inspector Poole
Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Birling
Arthur Young ... Mr. Birling
Brian Worth ... Gerald Croft
Eileen Moore ... Sheila

Bryan Forbes ... Eric
Jane Wenham ... Eva Smith
George Woodbridge ... Fish & Chip Shop Owner
Barbara Everest ... Committee Member
Charles Saynor ... Police Officer
Olwen Brookes ... Miss Francis

John Welsh ... Shop Walker
Frances Gowens ... Small Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Norman Bird ... Foreman Jones-Collins (uncredited)
Helen Cleverley ... Committee Member (uncredited)

George Cole ... Tram Conductor (uncredited)
Walter Cross ... Joe Meggarty (uncredited)
Brenda Duncan ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Vi Endean ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Mabel Etherington ... Committee Member (uncredited)
George Hirste ... Cabbie (uncredited)
Jenny Jones ... Small Girl (uncredited)
Pat Neal ... Edna - Birlings' Maid (uncredited)
Bill Raymond ... (uncredited)
Winnie Wiblin ... Committee Member (uncredited)
Catherine Willmer ... Senior Factory Woman (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Hamilton 
 
Writing credits
J.B. Priestley (adapted from the play by) (as J. B. Priestley)

Desmond Davis (screenplay)

Produced by
A.D. Peters .... producer (as A. D. Peters)
 
Original Music by
Francis Chagrin 
 
Cinematography by
Edward Scaife (director of photography) (as Ted Scaife)
 
Film Editing by
Alan Osbiston 
 
Art Direction by
Joseph Bato 
 
Makeup Department
Eric Carter .... makeup artist
Henry Montsash .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Raymond Anzarut .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Lynn .... assistant director
Buddy Booth .... second unit director (uncredited)
Ted Sturgis .... third assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
John Hoesli .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Peter Mullins .... scenic artist (uncredited)
James Sawyer .... draughtsman (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
John Cox .... sound supervisor
Chris Greenham .... dubbing editor
Red Law .... sound recordist
George Stephenson .... sound recordist
Alan Blay .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Jack Davies .... boom operator (uncredited)
Sandy Fairlie .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Barbara Hopkins .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Bob Jones .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Ivor Worsley .... sound maintenance (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator
Edward Clements .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerry Fisher .... focus puller (uncredited)
Norman Hargood .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bridget Sellers .... wardrobe
Julia Squire .... wardrobe designer
 
Editorial Department
Geoffrey Botterill .... assembly cutter (uncredited)
Teddy Mason .... assistant editor (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Francis Chagrin .... conductor
Francis Chagrin .... musical director (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Pamela Davies .... continuity
Catherine O'Brien .... unit publicist (uncredited)
 

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Runtime:
80 min
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Language:
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1989) (1996) (2005) (2010) | USA:Approved

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Brian Worth previously appeared in Last Holiday (1950), also based on one of J.B. Priestley's stories.See more »
Goofs:
Anachronisms: 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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25 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
A superior mystery with a twist in the tail., 1 July 2001
Author: MIKE WILSON (mikewilson61720@yahoo.com) from United Kingdom

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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