A girl from an impoverished family is jilted by her rich fiance, whose father doesn't approve. She decides to take revenge against them, and determines to let nothing or no one stop her from getting to the top.
When a wealthy business man is found dead reporter Philip Trent is sent to investigate. Against the police conclusions, he suspects the assumed suicide is really a murder, and becomes ... See full summary »
A poor widow with two daughters augments her income by using her children to extort money. Visiting the houses of the rich people, they tell a sad story and beg for help. Then she meets a wealthy man who proposes marriage to her.
Terry Collins mugs an old man, who subsequently dies. Joe Lucas finds out about it and blackmails him, threatening to turn him in to the police if he doesn't give him money. Terry then ... See full summary »
This is a great B British crime film. A British agent, carrying important papers, is knifed to death on a passenger train. Before his murder, he plants to papers in the trunk of a female ... See full summary »
`The Secret Place' is an average little caper film apart from a tense jewel robbery sequence. It begins with a wind-up gramophone (which becomes important to the plot) playing some dire English pop song of the day. The `day' is the mid-nineteenfifties and flattened bombsites are much in evidence in the back streets of London's East End.
Clive Donner made one of my favorite films, the biting black comedy about the English class system, `Nothing but the Best' but this, his directorial debut, is a much more pedestrian effort with plodding dialogue and a plot holding few surprises.
The one highlight, however, is the performance of David McCallum of `Man from Uncle' infamy. Wearing a leather jacket and obviously under the influence of Brando and Dean he tries to portray the classic `crazy, mixed-up kid' so common in the popular culture of the fifties. Attempting teenage angst, he only manages to display the symptoms of constipation. Another central character, Ronald Lewis wears a huge, Brylcreemed Elvis Presley-style quiff.
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