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Town on Trial (1957)

Approved  |   |  Mystery  |  August 1957 (USA)
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When an attractive young girl is murdered, suspicion falls on several members of the local tennis club. It falls to Police Inspector Halloran to sort out all the red herrings, and finally ... See full summary »

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Supt. Mike Halloran
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Dr. John Fenner
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Elizabeth Fenner
Derek Farr ...
Mark Roper
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Peter Crowley (as Alec Mc Cowen)
Fay Compton ...
Mrs. Crowley
Geoffrey Keen ...
Charles Dixon
Margaretta Scott ...
Helen Dixon
Meredith Edwards ...
Sgt. Rogers
Harry Locke ...
Sgt. Beale
Raymond Huntley ...
Dr. Reese
Harry Fowler ...
Leslie (Bandleader)
Maureen Connell ...
Mary Roper
Magda Miller ...
Molly Stevens
Newton Blick ...
Asst. Commissioner Beckett
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When an attractive young girl is murdered, suspicion falls on several members of the local tennis club. It falls to Police Inspector Halloran to sort out all the red herrings, and finally after a confrontation at the top of the local church spire, arrest the culprit. Another fascinating look at what life was like in Britain during the 50's, Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The secrets and scandals of a whole town shocked into the open... AS THE NYLON STOCKING KILLER RUNS AMOK! See more »

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August 1957 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The action takes place in Oakley Park. A Surrey Ambulance Service vehicle is glimpsed, whilst a County of London Civil Defence Corps van can also be seen. See more »

Goofs

Halloran allows himself to be taken for a turn around the Oakley Park boating lake by Elizabeth, but the camera/background shakes more violently when on him (physically rowing the boat in the location footage) than when framing his more sedate companion (in footage shot separately). See more »

Quotes

Supt. Mike Halloran: Are there any real people in this town I wonder?
Elizabeth Fenner: You know the population of Oakley Park? It's about 50,000. How many people have you met so far? A dozen?
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Grip of the Law
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Music Ltd
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Neat thriller
28 August 2003 | by (Coventry, England) – See all my reviews

The calm of prosperous Oakley Park is shattered when a local woman is found murdered. A Scotland Yard detective is called in to solve the case. He unmasks the murderer but not before another woman is killed.

This picture contains some of the stock characters we see in many thrillers; the woman killed just because she is sexually attractive, the detective who gets results by breaking the rules and a community of outwardly respectable people who all have their dirty little secrets. These elements could have resulted in a predictable formulaic thriller but "Town on Trial" is lifted onto a higher class by the writing, direction and acting.

The acting is consistently good from the bit part players up to the stars. The two outstanding performances are given by Alec McCowen as a suspect and John Mills as the detective.

I would recommend this film to any viewer.


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