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Town on Trial (1957)

Approved | | Mystery | August 1957 (USA)
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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Cast

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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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There she lay, wearing her nylons... tight around her neck! See more »

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August 1957 (USA)  »

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Trivia

It says in the main titles introducing Eliabeth Seal . but actually its her second film , her first being Radio Cab Murder. See more »

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When Dr Fenner admits Roper into his consulting room, his mouth is visibly moving as he closes the door but no dialogue accompanies him on the soundtrack. See more »

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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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Lunar Sunrise
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Music by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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Quite a decent murder mystery, if dated...
8 July 2012 | by (Salisbury, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The main reason to watch this movie now, for me - and I guess most - is for John Mills, as the firm but fair Scotland Yard Inspector Detective, who has to solve a couple of murders of young women in a sleepy Home Counties town in England.

It's all about the rather sermonising 1950's "respectable" folk who wag their fingers at a local beauty - a Marilyn Monroe (sort of) lookalike who carries on with married men and flaunts her curvy figure at the local snobbish Sports Club, the elitism of which extends beyond their usual, especially as the membership secretary is a fan of hers....

One night, she is strangled and of course, a whole array of the obvious candidates spring up, some red herrings and some real. Charles Coburn as a disgraced GP and Derek Farr who has more business fingers in more pies than are reasonable are two of the more recognisable stars that come under the Inspector's radar.

The film is well enough made, the story complex enough to satisfy the average amateur sleuth and John Mills is sturdy, even if his 'romance' with one of the deceased young friends is both awkward and frankly, ridiculous. There's also a pretty meaty and suspenseful ending, that Hitchcock himself might have come up with.


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