The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

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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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Gordon Heath ...
Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton ...
Patsy
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Johnnie Fiddle
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Jack Ferris
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Sapphire Robbins
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Horace Big Cigar
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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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Dr. Robbins: There's no assurance for me and my kind, Superintendent. I've been black for 38 years, I know. She may have looked white, but Sapphire was colored.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: Your sister was murdered. We'll find out who killed her.
Dr. Robbins: I'm sure that is your intention.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: It is my intention. It's also my job.
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Sapphire
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd (I)'
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I saw this movie when it came out....
2 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

..and when, and from where--will I ever see it again? I was 24, and saw it in Chicago. It astonished me with its understatement, its true-to-life behavior, its laying bare of the prejudice I saw around me every day.

I had already seen "Dead of Night"--in which Dearden directed the frame, and the first episode ("Room for just one inside, Sir!")--and had found these parts of the film nearly as impressive as the Cavalcanti (Michael Redgrave as a ventriloquist tortured by his dummy...or..not?).

I got "Victim" about 2 years ago, and it's one of my favorite films.

Dearden seems singularly lacking in humor...until you realize--there's nothing really funny going on, is there? Surely, there's a VHS tape somewhere....


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