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
Rupert Davies ...
Jack Ferris
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Sapphire Robbins
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Robert Adams ...
Horace Big Cigar
Freda Bamford ...
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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Down a path of emotion and hate from dim-lit jazz pads to "respectable" homes she sought the thrill of forbidden love! See more »


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2 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Trivia

Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd. See more »

Quotes

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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Connections

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

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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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