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Janet Green (writer)
Lukas Heller (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
2 November 1959 (USA) See more »
The sensational story of a girl who didn't belong. See more »
In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white... See more » | Add synopsis »
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Murder mystery set in England about a girl found dead in a park soon discovered to have been passing for white. See more (22 total) »


  (in credits order)
Nigel Patrick ... Superintendent Robert Hazard
Michael Craig ... Inspector Phil Learoyd
Yvonne Mitchell ... Mildred
Paul Massie ... David Harris

Bernard Miles ... Ted Harris
Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Harris

Earl Cameron ... Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath ... Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton ... Patsy
Harry Baird ... 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
Philip Lowrie ... Student
Anthony Singleton
Basil Dignam ... Doctor Burgess (uncredited)
Fenella Fielding ... Lingerie Shop Manageress (uncredited)
Dorothy Gordon ... Lily (uncredited)
Nora Gordon ... Newsagents Wife (uncredited)
Boscoe Holder ... Dancer in Nightclub (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Dolores Mantez ... Lady in the International Club (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Newsagent (uncredited)
Philip Ray ... Mr. Young (uncredited)
Lloyd Reckord ... (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Student (uncredited)

Barbara Steele ... Student (uncredited)
Susan Stranks ... Student (uncredited)

Peter Vaughan ... Detective Whitehead (uncredited)
Christopher Witty ... Boy (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Janet Green  writer
Lukas Heller  additional dialogue

Produced by
Michael Relph .... producer
Earl St. John .... executive producer
Original Music by
Philip Green 
Cinematography by
Harry Waxman 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
Art Direction by
Carmen Dillon 
Costume Design by
Julie Harris 
Makeup Department
W.T. Partleton .... makeup artist
Production Management
Douglas Peirce .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David W. Orton .... assistant director (as David Orton)
Art Department
Dickie Bamber .... standby props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Bill Daniels .... sound recordist
Dudley Messenger .... sound recordist
Arthur Ridout .... sound editor
Harry Fairbairn .... sound assistant (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
Music Department
John Dankworth .... musician: saxophone (as Johnny Dankworth)
The Johnny Dankworth Orchestra .... music played by
Other crew
Arthur Alcott .... production controller: Pinewood Studios
Tilly Day .... continuity
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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92 min | Spain:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:X18+ (original rating) | Finland:K-16 | Norway:16 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating)

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Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd.See more »
Superintendent Robert Hazard:We didn't solve anything, Phil. We just picked up the pieces.See more »
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Murder mystery set in England about a girl found dead in a park soon discovered to have been passing for white., 23 December 2007
Author: carolscott564 from United States

I first saw the movie Sapphire on the Million Dollar Movie one night and I fell in love with it. I"m one for a good mystery movie and this is the one. From start to finish and when the movie did end I wanted more. The movie's ending will surprise you. The cast was excellent and actors Nigel Patrick Earl Cameron and Yvonne Mitchell were just great. I finally purchased this movie from one of those hard to find videos company on VHS. This movie needs to be released on DVD!!!! The racism in Sapphire was very brutal and honest. Here you had the tragic mulatto who is murdered I think of Imitation of Life where Susan Kohner's Sarah Jane is passing for white to the point she gets beaten up by her secret white lover, she was lucky!!!!!!!

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