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Town on Trial (1957)

Approved | | Crime, Film-Noir, Mystery | August 1957 (USA)
At a local tennis club in a posh London suburb, an attractive but flirty young woman is murdered, prompting a Scotland Yard investigation.

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Dr. John Fenner
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Peter Crowley (as Alec Mc Cowen)
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Mrs. Crowley
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Charles Dixon
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Helen Dixon
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Sgt. Rogers
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Dr. Reese
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Leslie (Bandleader)
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Mary Roper
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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! See more »


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The map of Oakley Park shown at the beginning of the film is actually of Banbury, Oxfordshire. 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 »

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 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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