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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 2 wins & 3 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(15 articles)
Greatest Slasher Films (1970 – 1990)
 (From SoundOnSight. 28 October 2012, 8:00 PM, PDT)

Stop or we'll shoot: British cinema's portrayal of the police
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 11 August 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

Paul Massie obituary
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 July 2011, 4:05 PM, PDT)

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serious race issues discussed honestly See more (18 total) »

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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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:
Superintendent Robert Hazard:We didn't solve anything, Phil. We just picked up the pieces.See more »
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Soundtrack:
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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
serious race issues discussed honestly, 21 April 2006

I was amazed by the shocking brutality of the racism in this film. In America, we are rarely presented with such casual racism; in films of the 50s, race is practically never dealt with in films, as Todd Haynes "remake" of Douglas Sirk's All That Heaven Allows tries to make up for. And current films about the 50s present such two dimensional characters that it is easy to tell the racist villains from the open-minded heroes. In Sapphire, filmed in Britain in the 1950s, one of the most interesting characters is Michael Craig's detective, supposedly our hero, but constantly making racist remarks. His comments are always countered by the more reasonable older inspector, but this allows his gradual transformation throughout the film. Although some of the film is a bit heavy-handed, ultimately the message is sadly still relevant. 4 out of 5.

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