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Sapphire (1959)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 November 1959 (USA)
The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

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Cast

Credited cast:
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Superintendent Robert Hazard
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Inspector Phil Learoyd
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Mildred
Paul Massie ...
David Harris
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Ted Harris
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Harris
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Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath ...
Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton ...
Patsy
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Johnnie Fiddle
Orlando Martins ...
Barman
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Jack Ferris
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Sapphire Robbins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams ...
Horace Big Cigar
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Sgt. Cook
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Storyline

In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and discover her racial origins were much more mixed, public prejudices and those of the officers themselves are exposed. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Sapphire - Please don't tell her secret! (USA) See more »


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2 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Safira  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

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(Eastmancolor)

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Phil Learoyd: These spades are a load of trouble. I reckon we should send them back where they came from. We wouldn't have half this bother if they weren't here.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: Well, I suppose you're right. Just the same as we wouldn't have old ladies being clobblered by hooligans if there weren't any old ladies. So what do you do? Get rid of the hooligans or the people they bash?
[a beat]
Superintendent Robert Hazard: Look Phil, given the right atmosphere you can organize riots against anyone - Jews, Catholics, Negroes, Irish - even policemen with big ...
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Connections

Featured in London: The Modern Babylon (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Sapphire
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd (I)'
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A really intense experience.
30 November 2001 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The real problem with television broadcasting is that the better movies of the last century are held from the viewers. SAPPHIRE could be shown as a double bill with AN INSPECTOR CALLS. There are not enough movie buffs to push some of these classics so that they can be shown to today's audiences ..which would really appreciate them.


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