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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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  (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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92 min | Spain:89 min
Color (Eastmancolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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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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19 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Bold For Its Time, 12 March 2007
Author: robertconnor from England

When a young woman's body is discovered on London's Hampstead Heath, the ensuing investigation quickly focuses on racial bigotry and hatred in 1950s Britain, exposing the prejudice amongst those under investigation AND those investigating.

Like so many other films from the 1940s and 1950s, Sapphire is yet another piece of groundbreaking British cinema now long forgotten. A little clunky and overly reliant on stereotyping by today's standards, but still a fascinating exploration of the fears and struggles inherent in a newly mixed-race society. Dearden has brought together an interesting cast here, cleverly giving matinée idol Craig a fairly unsympathetic role as a racist police officer, and being superbly served by Mitchell - her final scene is at once both compelling and distressing. Too many British cinema actors of the 40's and 50's have now been forgotten, and Mitchell is a prime example of why individual and collective reappraisals and retrospectives are long overdue.

Interesting companion piece to 1961's Flame In The Streets, then, and definitely worth catching if you can.

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