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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:
Engrossing, intriguing drama See more (46 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)

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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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:
Due to the film's subject matter the BBFC studied the script before official submission and several lines of anti-homosexual dialogue were removed. Eventually John Trevelyan agreed to pass the film after cuts to 4 lines of dialogue including Melville Farr's confession to his wife of his homosexual urges ("Because I wanted him. I WANTED him!"). Surprisingly 3 of these were rescinded upon appeal, including Farr's legendary admission, and the only cut made to the film was the removal of a line of dialogue referring to an adolescent boy 'making the wrong choice'.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:
Frank:Well it used to be witches. At least they don't burn you.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in A Kind of Loving (1962)See more »
Soundtrack:
String Quartet, Op.18See more »

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Engrossing, intriguing drama, 30 June 2007
Author: moonspinner55 from las vegas, nv

Straightforward, non-sensationalized British film, an original from screenwriters Janet Green and John McCormick, has a ring of blackmailers taking advantage of the laws prohibiting homosexuality in England and threatening to 'out' certain parties if they don't pay up; after one victim commits suicide, a former friend--and married lawyer--decides to play detective and expose the blackmailers, at the risk of ruining his own career and marriage. Dirk Bogarde is excellent in the lead; his grimace of both humility and humiliation is rather touching, and very human. The victims are the usual lot (an actor, a hairdresser, etc.), but the film is exceptionally engrossing and well-made, neatly camouflaging its plea for tolerance under the guise of a suspense drama (and the denouement is nicely staged). Director Basil Dearden includes a few intentionally sardonic visuals, and he isn't afraid to knock down walls (though any male-to-male intimacy stays off-screen). Still, a watermark for gay cinema. *** from ****

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