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Director:
Writers:
Janet Green (by) and
John McCormick (by) ...
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Release Date:
11 October 1961 (Denmark) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
A Daring Picture About the World's Most Un-talked About Subject.
Plot:
A prominent lawyer goes after a blackmailer who threatens gay men with exposure (homosexual acts still being illegal). But he's gay himself... Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Extraordinary for its era.... See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dirk Bogarde ... Melville Farr

Sylvia Syms ... Laura

Dennis Price ... Calloway
Anthony Nicholls ... Lord Fullbrook

Peter Copley ... Paul Mandrake
Norman Bird ... Harold Doe
Peter McEnery ... Barrett
Donald Churchill ... Eddy

Derren Nesbitt ... Sandy Youth
John Barrie ... Det.Inspector Harris
John Cairney ... Bridie
Alan MacNaughton ... Scott Hankin (as Alan MacNaughtan)

Nigel Stock ... Phip
Frank Pettitt ... Barman (as Frank Pettit)
Mavis Villiers ... Madge
Charles Lloyd Pack ... Henry
Hilton Edwards ... P.H.
David Evans ... Mickey
Noel Howlett ... Patterson
Margaret Diamond ... Miss Benham

Alan Howard ... Frank
Dawn Beret ... Sylvie
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
John Bennett ... Undercover Detective (uncredited)
John Boxer ... Policeman in Cell (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Transport Cafe Patron (uncredited)

Frank Thornton ... George - Henry's Assistant (uncredited)

Directed by
Basil Dearden 
 
Writing credits
Janet Green (by) and
John McCormick (by)

Janet Green (screenplay) and
John McCormick (screenplay)

Produced by
Michael Relph .... producer
Basil Dearden .... co-producer (uncredited)
 
Original Music by
Philip Green 
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
John D. Guthridge 
 
Art Direction by
Alex Vetchinsky 
 
Makeup Department
Harry Frampton .... makeup artist
Barbara Ritchie .... hairdresser
 
Production Management
Denis Holt .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Bert Batt .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Vernon Dixon .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Gordon K. McCallum .... sound recordist
C.C. Stevens .... sound recordist
Les Wiggins .... sound editor (as Leslie Wiggins)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator
George Courtney Ward .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Philip Green .... conductor
 
Other crew
Joan Davis .... continuity
 

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Runtime:
90 min | 100 min (pre-censored version) | 96 min (video version)
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Aspect Ratio:
1.66 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Finland:K-16 | Portugal:17 (1974) | Portugal:(Banned) (original rating) (1962) | UK:X (original rating) (passed with cuts) | UK:12 (video re-rating) (2004) | UK:15 (video rating) (1986) | West Germany:18 (bw)

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Trivia:
Jack Hawkins, James Mason and Stewart Granger turned down the role of Melville Farr. Then it was decided to make the character younger and Dirk Bogarde accepted the part.See more »
Goofs:
Crew or equipment visible: Camera shadow on the back of a patron as Barrett exits the phone/toilet room.See more »
Quotes:
Detective Inspector Harris:I can see you're a true puritan, Bridie. Eh?
Bridie:There's nothing wrong with that, Sir.
Detective Inspector Harris:Of course not. There was a time when that was against the law you know.
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Soundtrack:
String Quartet, Op.18See more »

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60 out of 62 people found the following review useful.
Extraordinary for its era...., 12 November 2004
Author: Brigid O Sullivan (wisewebwoman) from Toronto, Canada

1961 in England. Homosexuals were routinely jailed just because they were homosexuals. It was still the love that dare not speak its name.

Blackmailers had a terrific open season on gays - extorting funds for silence. It is incredible that this movie was made - on two levels. One being the obvious, who would want to star in such a controversial film?

Enter one Dirk Bogarde, putting both his reputation and his career on the line. He moved deliberately beyond his "Doctor in the House" series of light romantic leading men to make this benchmark film.

It may seem dated today to some eyes, but it captures an authentic London of 1961 and is filmed on location in the streets for most of it. One can see the barriers, goofophiles, holding the passersby back from the location shooting! "Flower Drum Song" is featured on a marquee in one of the scenes.

The suspense is carried along beautifully, you are never sure how it is all going to turn out, there are no easy solutions, there are some wonderful sub-plots, unexpected little surprises, like the childhood friend of a victim staunchly loyal against his wife's homophobic wishes.

The husband and wife story is beautifully depicted and completely non-formulaic. I love the rush and buzz of London surrounding the taut, tense story. Groundbreaking film. 8 out 10.

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