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Release Date:
October 1960 (UK) See more »
A Police Inspector follows the trail and circumstances of the murder of a one-handed man back to a prisoner-of-war camp in Burma in 1946. | Add synopsis »
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*Spoilers* Exceedingly strange, Brylcreem and jazz music British B-movie See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)
Derek Bond ... Roberts / Roger Crawshaw
Reed De Rouen ... Michael Brodie (as Reed de Rouen in closing credits)
Bryan Coleman ... George Adams
Walter Randall ... Japanese Commander
Tony Hilton ... Sergeant Foster
Harold Scott ... Charlie Taplow
Ray Cooney ... Sergeant David Pollitt
Gwenda Ewen ... Nurse Johns
Michael Moore ... Dr. Metcalfe
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Inspector Munyard
Ronald Wilson ... Doctor
Garard Green ... Simon Crawshaw
Jean Dallas ... Nurse Geiber
David Blake Kelly ... J. Marshall
Reginald Hearne ... Noel Brodie
Madeleine Burgess ... Mrs. Brodie
Frances Bennett ... Mother on Train
Susan Reid ... Little Girl on Train
Pat Hicks ... Mrs. Adams
John Norman ... Peter Adams

Directed by
Henry Cass 
Writing credits
Ray Cooney (screenplay) and
Tony Hilton (screenplay)

Ray Cooney (original story) and
Tony Hilton (original story)

Produced by
Bill Luckwell .... producer
Derek Winn .... associate producer (as D. E. A. Winn)
Original Music by
Wilfred Burns 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey (photography) (as James Harvey)
Film Editing by
Robert Jordan Hill  (as Robert Hill)
Art Direction by
John Earl 
Makeup Department
Jimmy Evans .... makeup artist
Production Management
Clive Midwinter .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Shingfield .... assistant director (as James Shingfield)
Barrie Melrose .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack Elliott .... property buyer (uncredited)
Gilbert Wood .... scenic artist (uncredited)
Sound Department
Claude Hitchcock .... sound recordist
Tom Buchanan .... boom operator (uncredited)
Ray Hole .... assistant sound (uncredited)
Fred Newton .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Brian Cummings .... focus puller (uncredited)
Ted Reed .... still photographer (uncredited)
Alan Rowland .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Brenda Gardner .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Michael Burrage .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Wilfred Burns .... musical director (uncredited)
Other crew
Jane Buck .... continuity
Joyce Herlihy .... production secretary (uncredited)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
61 min
Black and White (archive footage) | Black and White
Aspect Ratio:
1.75 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)
UK:A (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:PG (tv rating)

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Continuity: In a shot of the train to Norwich which was on the Eastern Region of British Railways, the engine is a Bulleid Pacific which was only used on the Southern Region.See more »


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*Spoilers* Exceedingly strange, Brylcreem and jazz music British B-movie, 3 June 2013
Author: naseby from London, England

I'm still giving it '7' for sheer weirdness more than anything else. As 'Malcolm' the reviewer of 26.5.2013 states, it mysteriously starts off with a caption of: 'Burma, 1946'. I wondered where that was going as strangely, it looks like WW2 - with British commandos being tortured by the Japanese. The latter threaten to cut off the hands of the soldiers unless they tittle-tattle their military secrets. Two don't and have their hands cut off. One, Derek Bond, alias 'Crawshaw', looks more nervy and it's left there, before going to the present day (well, 1960). It seems like a tramp has had his hand cut off in the present day by Crawshaw's bent, or lent on brother, who on police investigation by Ronald Leigh-hunt, is trying to get to the bottom of that. Brodie, one of the soldiers who had his hand cut off ends up dead after Crawshaw has visited him in the meanwhile. This can be a vague story, but as one other reviewer says perhaps some credit should go to 'Run for Your Wife' Ray Cooney who wrote and stars in it. It 'does' seem as if Crawshaw who retained his hand by not telling the Japanese soldiers the secrets, may have tried to ease his conscience by 'producing' a hand to Brodie and the other chum to show it wasn't him, or that his secret was out in the open as a sort of traitor. The cops eventually catch up with Crawshaw when he visits the other officer who wouldn't blab (and one-handless of course), Crawshaw runs off and you can guess what happens - let's say he may as well have held back in WW2. Strange, but loved the London locations. So much so (is this sad?) I looked them up and went to see them - quite interesting, most hadn't changed apart from one side of the road churned up for a council estate. Worth watching for the weird factor as well. (Okay, I admit, I've recorded it for my collection of British B-flicks!)

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