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Portrait of a Sinner (1959)

The Rough and the Smooth (original title)
Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Ila Hansen
Tony Britton ...
Mike Thompson
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Reg Barker
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Margaret Goreham
Norman Wooland ...
David Fraser
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Lord Drewell
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Jack
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Jane Buller
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Mrs. Thompson
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Dr. Thompson
Martin Miller ...
Michael Ward ...
Headwaiter
Edward Chapman ...
Willy Catch
Norman Pierce ...
Barman
Beatrice Varley ...
Hotel Manager
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Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

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"I am the image of evil...only when you are with me...can you feel alive..." See more »

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October 1959 (UK)  »

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Portrait of a Sinner  »

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Trivia

Freddie Francis initially was DoP, but was replaced by Otto Heller. See more »

Quotes

Mike Thompson: Driver, is that your cab outside?
Taxi Driver: Sorry. Engaged.
Mike Thompson: Oh. Well, is there a rank anywhere around?
Taxi Driver: No.
Mike Thompson: Could I get one by telephone?
Taxi Driver: No.
Mike Thompson: Well, look, when you've dropped your passenger, could you come back for me?
Taxi Driver: Sorry. Going 'ome.
Mike Thompson: Well, thanks for being the soul of courtesy... and a great help
Taxi Driver: Is it my fault if I happen to be booked up before your highness come along? Why don't you ask my passenger to share. You never know your luck.
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Symphony No.6 (The Pathetique)
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Music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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A waste of time
22 April 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE ROUGH AND THE SMOOTH is a low budget British drama from 1959 featuring direction from B-movie honcho Robert Siodmak. In fact, the movie has quite an international feel to it, featuring a supporting role for US stalwart William Bendix and a leading part for Austrian actress Nadja Tiller, playing the femme fatale of the piece. There are also minor turns for British talent including Donald Wolfit (as a sleazy journalist), Adrienne Corri, and an incredibly youthful Geoffrey Bayldon, although I missed spotting the latter.

The problem with this film is that it's quite uninteresting. A boring young gent starts on an affair with a notorious woman, and that's about all that happens. There's no suspense and not much in the way of drama, just lots of pub visits and people sitting around talking. British B-movies are usually a lot more fun than this one, which feels stodgy and dull throughout. It may have been quite controversial at the time due to some rather frank portrayals of sex and sexuality, but nowadays it's quite tame.


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