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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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A forgotten movie - but with interesting details. 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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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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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
A forgotten movie - but with interesting details., 14 May 2002
Author: Geisterzug from Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Great start!

And yeah - lots of talk, and no action - which was the curse of British B movies of the time. But you've got to pay attention to the dialogue this time, or you won't work out what the motivation is. In other words, Ray Cooney's dialogue is a bit cleverer than the norm at the time.

Nasty shots (for 1961) - one severed hand (natch!)

Who's the murderer, then? Bloody Hell - Derek Bond has the lead role on the posters, and doesn't appear after the MEANINGFUL prologue until well into the movie.

Ray Cooney wrote the screenplay, and went on to script several extremely successful comedy/farce plays. This seems to have been his only foray into nasty stuff.He also appears in the movie. Several rewinds suggest that he's the main Cop's second hand( heh, heh!) man.(The credits aren't helpful)

I had to hunt this movie down after many years. Hard to find. Is it good? Well - all I can say is that, had I the chance to view it at the time, I may not have been disappointed. Very English, shoestring budget. Today?

It's an hour long, you've got to pay attention to throw-away dialogue - but it's much better than those Butcher Film movies that send you to sleep after 5 minutes and -

Amazing for 1960: Bad language! In the prologue, a character calls his WW2 captors "Dirty Bastards!" Believe me, STRONG stuff for the time.

BUT - this is NOT a lost classic. Tape it on late night TV if it ever shows, but don't pay what I did to give you this review.


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