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Director:
Writers:
Janet Green (writer)
Lukas Heller (additional dialogue)
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Release Date:
2 November 1959 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
The sensational story of a girl who didn't belong. See more »
Plot:
In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white... See more » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
Won BAFTA Film Award. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (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)
Boscoe Holder ... Dancer in Nightclub (uncredited)

Desmond Llewelyn ... Police Constable (uncredited)
Bartlett Mullins ... Newsagent (uncredited)
Lloyd Reckord ... (uncredited)

John Richardson ... Student (uncredited)

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

Peter Vaughan ... Detective Whitehead (uncredited)
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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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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

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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Soundtrack:
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
I saw this movie when it came out...., 2 June 2009
Author: twistedude from United States

..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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