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6 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

Workable and enjoyable

7/10
Author: dj_kennett from Sydney Australia
24 May 2001

This strangely short murder-mystery is a good reminder of why the English film industry was so strong during this period.

The cast of relative unknowns (with the exception of a young Honor Blackman) deliver a tight story in a precise way. The sub texts of the story are not laboured, creating an involving story.

It's worth the time.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

excellent 'b' picture

Author: HUNT DAVID (sevreschool@aol.com) from France
20 June 2001

Imagine you have gone to the pictures in the fifties, possibly with mum and dad. You start by seeing this little jewel of a film, then the forthcoming attractions, Pearl and Dean adverts and then Pathé News!!! Before the main feature, sit back and enjoy a choc-ice. The main film could have been....... (use your imagination). Brings it all back, doesn't it?

If only all 1 hour TV police stories made today were as well written as well acted and as well directed.

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

My brief review of the film

Author: sol- from Perth, Australia
16 September 2005

A pretty run-of-the-mill, but yet still reasonably entertaining British murder mystery, there are a few well-done bits, but not quite enough for them to really be notable. The characters, the acting and the story never rise above the ordinary, however it can at least be said that they never fall below the mark either. The special weather effects for lightning, achieved by scratching actual film, are a sight to see, even if they look quite fake. There is not much else to strongly recommend this early English film on, but if comes to television, it is perhaps worth a look. Honor Blackman would, of course, later go on to be Pussy Galore.

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Who murdered Ursula Howells on the heath?

7/10
Author: msroz from United States
13 April 2013

"Account Rendered" is nifty little noir mystery, a cut above the average. It movies along nicely, the culprit is not obvious, and it brings out characters with notable imperfections.

The victim is a catty and adulterous Ursula Howells, wife of Griffith Jones. Disliked by men and women alike, and even by a lover, there is no shortage of potential killers.

The script holds our interest with plot complications and with the shaded characterizations. The only negative is the one-note acting of the inspector, who always barks his questions and observations.

At one point, the inspector eliminates all the suspects from suspicion. This will not do. He realizes that he must be missing something.

Among the pantheon of 1-hour or so British mysteries and crime stories with noirish glosses, "Account Rendered" is one that holds up well.

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