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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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Sapphire greatly conveys the prejudices of Great Britain as well as solves a mystery See more (18 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)
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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92 min | Spain:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)
Australia:PG | Australia:X (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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Sapphire greatly conveys the prejudices of Great Britain as well as solves a mystery, 4 February 2012
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.

So far during this year's Black History Month, I've been reviewing American films. What I'm commenting on now took place and was filmed in Britain. In this one, a Sapphire Robbins (Yvonne Buckingham) is found dead at Hampstead Heath. Superintendent Robert Hazard (Nigel Patrick) and partner Inspector Phil Learoyd (Michael Craig) investigate who done it. Her boyfriend David Harris (Paul Massie) and brother, a Dr. Robbins (Earl Cameron) are also interested though the former has his own secrets to hide along with his sister Mildred (Yvonne Mitchell) and possibly their parents (Bernard Miles and Olga Lindo). By the way, since the doctor has dark skin and his late sister is light, there's also a racial aspect involved...When I first watched this on American Movie Classics back in the mid '80s (by the way, this was the first I actually watched on that channel), it was intriguing enough for me that I would have loved to have seen it again much sooner than just now on YouTube if I had the chance. Now that I indeed have, it's even more compelling as both a mystery and pretty intense drama on the social tensions that I'm sure were very prevalent during that time in England. Especially considering the way characters of both races reveal their prejudices in both subtle and blatant ways. And besides Cameron, other people of color worth noting that appeared here include Gordon Heath as Paul Slade, Harry Gaird as Johnnie Fiddle (who is identified among other Johnnys at a bar), Orlando Martins as a barman, and Robert Adams as Horace Big Cigar. Really, this was a fine British drama that greatly tackled the way prejudices of most kinds were displayed there. P.S. I didn't know about the stereotype of cops having big feet there. Sure beats the one about donuts here!

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