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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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Ila Hansen
Tony Britton ...
Mike Thompson
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Reg Barker
Natasha Parry ...
Margaret Goreham
Norman Wooland ...
David Fraser
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Lord Drewell
Tony Wright ...
Jack
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Jane Buller
Joyce Carey ...
Mrs. Thompson
John Welsh ...
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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SHOCKINGLY ADULT FILM! See more »

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October 1959 (UK)  »

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Portrait of a Sinner  »

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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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What Happens When the Noir Scriptwriter Forgets To Include A Plot
2 March 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A young archaeologist, maneuvered into an engagement he does not quite want, encounters a stunning blonde with a German accent and decides to kick over the traces, much to the surprise of anyone (except, maybe, the blonde). He becomes agitated when the young lady's colorful past starts to intrude itself on his comfortable existence, and is truly appalled when he has the true PORTRAIT OF A SINNER. Will our hero nonetheless benefit from his dance with his dark side, or will our heroine drag him into the mire of her turbulent world?

There is a lot of good in this little bit of Brit Noir, including a script that is a lot more adult than usual for 1959. Since the adult bits are handled with wit, it comes across as sophisticated (and funny) rather than coarse. William Bendix, as the vulgar fellow who may or may not be our femme fatale's employer, adds some unique art design, as well as quite a good performance, to the mix. Also featured is some really good repartee. The problem is that there really is not all that much going on here, other than the tale of a lucky young man who wants a little naughty with his luck, before he takes up his rightful place in society. As a result, you might find yourself just a shade disappointed at the end of it all, despite the obvious talent involved.


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