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Glyn Houston's Inspector Harris races against time in order to find a blood donor for a little girl (of a rare blood type) who was knocked down by a truck while attempting to run away from her rowing parents (Zena Walker & Dermot Walsh). Possible donors include a convicted criminal awaiting his execution, an athlete and a man on the run from the police. This b-pic from poverty row specialists "Butcher's" is a remake of their own "Emergency Call" (1957) and is neatly directed by Francis Searle making it one of the better efforts from this company, although things are somewhat marred by the typical cop out endings that were typical of this kind of production.
EMERGENCY is Francis Searle's remake of the 1952 Lewis Gilbert movie
EMERGENCY CALL, about the hunt for a rare blood donor and the
situations that arise as a result. The identities and sub-plots
surrounding the potential donors have been swapped around a bit, but
the central thrust of the story is still the same.
EMERGENCY CALL was made by Nettlefold Films and distributed by Butcher's, whereas this cheaper remake is a Butcher's film through and through. The earlier film was middling, I thought, and this remake is invariably worse thanks to a cheapness of budget and general lack of interest in the crucial sub-plots.
What I did like was the wraparound story, which opens with a shocking accident scene and moves into some tense, emotional, hospital bedside stuff. Glyn Houston is a solid choice for the detective lead, and Dermot Walsh and Zena Walker do their best emoting as the distraught parents. The three sub-plots are weaker, though: the footballer one goes nowhere, the criminal one raises a decent moral dilemma but is a bit staged, and only the scientist-on-the-run tale has any interest.
Emergency ward ten was the first hospital soap on British TV.it was a great success and inspired many limitations including this b feature.a young girl with a rare blood type is knocked down in a road accident.there are only 3 registered donors with her blood type.one is a murderer awaiting execution,the second is an international footballer,and the third is a defecting scientist on the run.Flynn Houston is the detective charged with finding at least one.a fair number of obstacles are put in his way before he finally gets his man.a fairly routine thriller .some car chases and an attempt to liven things up at the end,a bit predictable.
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