Temptation to crime greets undercover man William Sylvester
"Offbeat" (1961 or "The Devil Inside" is another one of those entertaining and rather short British crime features, forming a genre of their own or a sub-genre. They fall loosely under the heading of Britnoir too, although for many the degree of noir is light.
William Sylvester found the right profession as actor. He typically, as here, shines through as a presence who holds one's attention. Also present is Anthony Dawson, who was hired by Ray Milland in "Dial M for Murder", to do the murder of Grace Kelly. Mai Zetterling is Sylvester's love interest. A couple of other b-movie stalwarts appear too, whose names I haven't learned yet.
The action revolves around a heist of jewels through a tunnel the thieves dig on the street nearby. The story revolves more around the ambiguous position of Sylvester who worms his way into the gang as an undercover agent and then finds himself liking his comrades and the prospect of money (loot) that's enough to take Zetterling away.
This film plays well.
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