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The Strange Case of Dr. Manning (1957)

Morning Call (original title)
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Annette Manning
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Nick Logan
Garard Green ...
Gil Stevens
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Inspector S.G. Brown
Peter Fontaine ...
Fred Barnes, reporter
Virginia Keiley ...
Vera Clark
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Plainclothesman
John Watson ...
Plainclothesman
Brian Sunners ...
Freddie, diner manager
Wally Patch ...
Wally, the tobacconist
David Lander ...
Dr. George Manning
Charles Farrell ...
John Karver
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Christopher Cooke ...
Gypsy boy
Peter Noble ...
Bob, TV Interviewer
Richard Shaw ...
Drunk at cemetery
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21 March 1958 (USA)  »

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Greta Gynt pays ransom for her husband while Ron Randall and Bruce Seton try to locate kidnapper
13 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Strange Case of Dr. Manning" (1957) aka "Morning Call" is a britnoir. Not widely seen and only having 11 votes so far, its 2.9 IMDb rating is far from consistent with other britnoirs of the same quality. Actually, like many of the latter, a 5-6 range would be more suitable because it's typical of such films. This one is longer at 75 minutes than the one-hour set.

The main attraction here is the central role of accomplished actress Greta Gynt. Her husband, Dr. Manning, is kidnapped. The story proceeds along two interconnected lines. Ms. Gynt works with an American detective, Ron Randall, and with Scotland Yard inspector, Bruce Seton. But she also works independently, making several attempts to deliver the ransom. The police part works as a police procedural as small clues provide leads, but they also work to undermine Gynt's attempts to pay the kidnapper off. The press also is an interfering factor. That part of the story, involving failures to pay off, is more or less unusual and is another attraction. This story is different and downbeat, which adds a noir edge to the frustrations involved.

I like Ms. Gynt's work and look for any movies in which she appears. She has both notable cheekbones and one of the more beautiful British accents. Her enunciation is very pleasing.


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