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A thoroughly effective British B-film
Leofwine_draca28 July 2016
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THE PRICE OF SILENCE is a somewhat sedate and familiar British crime film that nonetheless has a cosy, feel-good factor to it thanks to the small-scale of the cast, the sets, and the plotting. It's a somehow engrossing piece of film-making that rises against the unoriginality of the story and the constraints of the low budget to become something superior to its peers.

It helps that Gordon Jackson gives an immensely likable performance as the protagonist, a former prisoner trying to go straight and beginning a new life for himself: a new name by change of deed poll, a new job with plenty of responsibility, and even a new girlfriend. Unfortunately for him, a face from his past has other ideas, leading to a plot that involves blackmail, murder, and a criminal investigation.

This story is well handled by director Montgomery Tully, himself a veteran of dozens of similar B-pictures. He has an eye for pace and intrigue, keeping his story bubbling along with half a dozen different sub-plots so that you never know which way it's going to go. The female cast members, including June Thorburn, are particularly alluring while there are a couple of fine male performers in support: Terence Alexander as the journalist friend, and Sam Kydd in a pivotal role for once. THE PRICE OF SILENCE breaks no new ground, but I came away from it with a big grin on my face - it's that kind of likable film.
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Really nothing special here
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I only comment it because no one had done it yet. This rare item from over the Channel is a Montgomery Tully's film, the prolific UK director as were Vernon Sewell, Lance Comfort, Francis Searle, Godfray Grayson and some more else. It seems this film was in LBX, and not in 1.37, as it is indicated on this web site.

The story of an ex con - sympathetic one, who was in jail only because he helped an unfaithful friend- who tries hard to begin a new life and has to deal with some "old friends" who don't hesitate to blackmail him. And also our lead is accused of a murder he did not commit. I know, that's probably the 2345th movie with such a topic.

That's the reason why I warn all the users who could catch this film. But the overall atmosphere is quite good. Monty Tully is a great pro.
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Average British :B" picture!
JohnHowardReid18 February 2018
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Mind you, bu the humble standards of the British quickie, this one is not too bad at all.

In fact, the acting is very good, and Maya Koumani is certainly worth a second look.

The story, adapted from Laurence Meynell's novel, "One Step from Murder", certainly holds audience interest adequately, and the photography by Geoffrey Faithfull is certainly up to his usual high standard.

As for the direction by Montgomery Tully, all I can say that it is neither good nor bad. "Adequate", I guess you could say.

The film has a length of 6,604 feet, which would translate to around 73 minutes. That's a bit high for a supporting feature in the quota quickie class, but nonetheless it's still worth seeing if you have time on your hands or you're a fan of June Thorburn.

Gordon Jackson is his usual self and the support cast is surprisingly large by quota quickie standards.
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Modest, undemanding but surprisingly effective crime drama.
jamesraeburn20036 September 2017
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Richard Fuller (Gordon Jackson) is released from prison after serving a sentence for embezzlement. His record prevents him from getting a job so he changes his name to Roger Fenton, a character from a novel, b y deed poll. Moving to a small town he secures a position as a managing clerk with the elderly estate agent HG Shipley (Lleweylln Rees) and he is rapidly made a senior partner in the firm. In addition, he also finds a girlfriend in the form of the artist Audrey Truscott (Jane Thornburn). However, his past catches up with him when a former cell mate known as The Slug (Sam Kydd) arrives in town, recognises him and decides to try his hand at a little blackmail. Slug demands £600.00 so that he can sale his struggling newsagents shop and open a new business in the midlands which is a more profitable location. Fenton arranges for Slug to come to his office late one evening when everyone has gone home, supposedly to collect his payoff, but in reality so he can kill him. But, things take an unexpected turn when his intended victim fails to show up on time. Fenton leaves but Slug arrives and then an elderly lady, Mrs West (Mary Clare), who is buying a property from Fenton turns up with her deposit for her house. Slug kills her and escapes with the £3000, which puts Fenton in the frame for murder...

Modest, undemanding yet sometimes effective crime drama from quota quickie veteran Montgomery Tully. Tully, whose 'A' film career got off to a flying start with the double jeopardy thriller Murder In Reverse (1945: starring William Hartnell) before he was relegated to making b-pics, displayed a talent for lifting unpromising material into something worthwhile. Here, rather surprisingly, he is able to generate some admirable tension in spite of what must have been an ultra low budget and its mainly tiny studio settings.

Maurice J. Wilson's screenplay adds to that by shoehorning quite a lot of plot into a film that runs for just over an hour and offers us a number of possibilities as to how our hero, Fenton, will get into hot water as we know he will. For instance, HG Shipley's young, attractive wife, Maria (Maya Koumani), is bored being married to a sixty-nine year old man and attempts to pursue the younger Fenton in search of a more exciting life. In a bid to do this she influences her husband to promote him to the position of senior partner. We are invited to wonder whether her intentions are really designed to win Fenton's affections or if there is something more sinister afoot. Or, will the plot expand from Fenton's screwing over of a local town councillor who he overhears in the local pub talking of buying up an old timber yard for a song in order to flog it for an enormous profit to the local football team who desperately want it to build a new stadium, but is picked at the post by Shipley who gets their first after Fenton tips him off about the site's money making potential? Even after it has finally settled on a conventional blackmail plot, the suspense still holds up with Fenton sitting nervously in his office awaiting the arrival of his blackmailer, fiddling with the paper weight he has brought with him to do Slug in and he downs half a bottle of scotch in the process in a bid to pluck up the courage to do the deed. The will he or won't he factor reaches fever pitch here.

Although the film finally tails off into predictability with its typical b-pic finale, many movies of this type have all the suspense and tension of a worn out elastic band and few attempt to cram in as much plot as The Price Of Silence does.

The film is available as part of The Renown Crime Collection Vol 1 along with several other British quota quickie crime thrillers; many of which have probably not seen the light of day for decades. It includes Montgomery Tully's 1964 short film Boy With A Flute.
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Routine fare but entertaining
malcolmgsw3 September 2016
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The title of this film tells it all.It is a film about blackmail.Ex convict is being blackmailed by Sam Kydd ,in an unusually substantial part.As usual in films of this genre the blackmailer turns the screws too tightly.He wants £600,a large sum in those days.So late one evening at the office whilst drinking a bottle of whiskey he plots to murder Kydd.However a policeman calls to check everything is alright.So Jackson leaves early missing Kydd.Kydd arrives but he is interrupted by Mary Clare who has come to make a down payment on a property.Kydd murders Clare.Incidentally that is not only the end of Clares part but her film career.She had an impressive list of credits which included Noel Cowards stage pageant Cavalcade.Jackson comes under suspicion of murder and gives an alibi which is not supported by his bosses wife.However all ends well as Jackson is exonerated.
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