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1958 (USA) See more »
An irresistible temptress causes trouble between two brothers when the more handsome charismatic ones turns up, leading to robbery and death. | Add synopsis »
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Diana Dors ... Calico

George Baker ... Johnny Mansell
Terence Morgan ... Dave Mansell
Patrick Allen ... Paddy Ryan
Jane Griffiths ... Sylvia
Joseph Tomelty ... Joe Ryan
Thomas Heathcote ... Sergeant Lamb
Russell Napier ... Potter
Norman Macowan ... Danny (as Norman MacOwan)
Maureen Delaney ... Mrs. Finnegan
Betty Warren ... Flo
Chris Fay ... Eric Downs
Terry Baker ... Young Rough
Timothy Bateson ... Fletcher
John Salew ... Pawnbroker
Michael Golden ... St. John's Ambulance Man
George Merritt ... Timekeeper
Jack McNaughton ... Workman (as Jack MacNaughton)
Andrew Keir ... Inspector Harris
Hal Osmond ... Flatcap
Norman Pierce ... Publican
Patrick Crean ... Blue Blazer
Sandra Francis ... Linda
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
William Kerwin ... Michael (uncredited)
Wilfrid Lawson ... Holroyd (uncredited)

Directed by
Gordon Parry 
Writing credits
Jack Popplewell (play "Blind Alley")

George Minter (screenplay) and
Denis O'Dell (screenplay)

Produced by
George Minter .... executive producer
Denis O'Dell .... producer
Original Music by
Tristram Cary 
Cinematography by
Douglas Slocombe 
Film Editing by
Anthony Harvey 
Casting by
Maude Spector 
Art Direction by
Elven Webb 
Costume Design by
Cynthia Tingey 
Makeup Department
Joan Smallwood .... hair stylist
Neville Smallwood .... makeup artist
Production Management
Robert Sterne .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Philip Shipway .... assistant director
Sound Department
Red Law .... sound recordist
Fred Ryan .... sound recordist (as F.H. Ryan)
Jim Shields .... dubbing editor (as James Shields)
Camera and Electrical Department
Desmond Davis .... camera operator
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jack Verity .... wardrobe supervisor
Music Department
Muir Mathieson .... musical director
Ken Jones .... composer: source music (uncredited)
Other crew
Fred Hymns .... assistant to producer
Kay Rawlings .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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90 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Fun movie, 8 September 2009
Author: samhill5215 from United States

This is not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination. But it IS fun, lots of fun. The characters are real people with all the frailties and peculiarities that make them interesting. Even though I half expected the outcome it didn't really matter because the way there was so much fun to watch. Nobody was perfect, all good or all bad, just real. Of the two brothers one began as shady and questionable character and the other as an upright citizen but as the film progressed they switched places. The transition was believable and based on facts clearly brought out in the script. Diana Dors was the fulcrum about whom the entire exercise revolved and she did an excellent job playing a woman who is confident of her appeal, willing to use it, but is anything but one-dimensional.

So what's not to like? I can't help but think that in the hands of a better director this could have been much, much better. Those same elements that made it fun could have made it great had they been handled more expertly. Dors' sensuality was shamelessly exploited and don't get me wrong, I just as shamelessly enjoyed every bit of it. But there were some superfluous shots that did nothing to advance the plot and appear to have been inserted just to give us another look at this gorgeous woman. And then there was the theme song, played to distraction. I for one, don't get the connection. What do the words "Tread Softly Stranger" have to do with the relationship between two brothers and a woman?

But in the long run, even though I can't rate it any higher, I heartily enjoyed this film and will gladly do so again. For those who haven't yet seen it do so immediately.

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