After race horse trainer Gerald Coates' horse wins the Grand National, his wife come home drunk, and the two of them have a violent argument, and she is accidentally killed. Coates insists ...
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After race horse trainer Gerald Coates' horse wins the Grand National, his wife come home drunk, and the two of them have a violent argument, and she is accidentally killed. Coates insists that she didn't come home after the big race, but the police begin to suspect him, after a train ticket is found in his coat. About to be arrested, he receives help from an unexpected source. Written by
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[Babs Coates comes home blind drunk and demands to take out a horse for a ride. The only one available is a heavily pregnant mare - and it doesn't even belong to the stables. But Babs insists. She rides it hard, hitting it with a whip, and falls off as she tries to jump a hedge]
Are you hurt?
I don't think so.
Well you *ought* to be!
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Good cast, quite enjoyable horsey who-dunnit (not the butler)
Many films clearly betray their stage origin. Here most action involves people entering and leaving the same room. However the strength of the story is the tension between the characters as they stand in close proximity which a stage version would have amplified, this film version largely dissipates with its many outside scenes. Also the flat footed direction short changes a good cast and reasonable story. Hitchcock would surely have added red herrings and more visual drama - close-ups, silences, glances and deliberate mis-direction. Hitchcocks "Rope" as one example. It was also, for 1953, rather old fashioned with horsey people, country house and butler (the butler didn't do it but plays a major and interesting role. Doubt if you can get such staff these days unfortunately) It occurred to me that the play could make a good Am-Dram project? 6.5/10
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