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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.
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
(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.
"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.
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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