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Winston Graham (novel)
George Bluestone (screenplay)
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Release Date:
April 1970 (UK) See more »
Some women will do anything a man asks... See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

David Hemmings ... Leigh Hartley

Samantha Eggar ... Deborah Dainton

Emlyn Williams ... Jack Foil

Phyllis Calvert ... Erica Dainton

Ferdy Mayne ... Douglas Dainton

Francesca Annis ... Arabella Dainton
Bridget Turner ... Sarah Dainton

Dudley Sutton ... Ted Sandymount

John Woodvine ... Bertie Irons
David Savile ... David Talbot
Derek Cox ... Guard #1
Harvey Sambrook ... Guard #2
Gwen Cherrell ... Mrs. Hartley
Walter Horsbrugh ... Mr. Maitland (as Walter Horsburgh)
Basil Henson ... Insp. Malcolm

Anthony Nicholls ... Lewis Maud
Nan Munro ... Mrs. Stevenson

Donald Sumpter ... Max
David Griffin ... Benjy
Susan Payne ... Deborah, as a child

Directed by
Eric Till 
Writing credits
Winston Graham (novel "The Walking Stick")

George Bluestone (screenplay)

Produced by
Denis Holt .... associate producer
Elliott Kastner .... executive producer
Alan Ladd Jr. .... producer
Original Music by
Stanley Myers 
Cinematography by
Arthur Ibbetson (photographed by)
Film Editing by
John Jympson 
Casting by
Irene Howard (uncredited)
Production Design by
John Howell 
Art Direction by
John Graysmark 
Set Decoration by
Pamela Cornell 
Costume Design by
Sue Yelland 
Makeup Department
Barbara Ritchie .... hair stylist
Tony Sforzini .... makeup artist
Production Management
Ted Lloyd .... production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Colin M. Brewer .... assistant director (as Colin Brewer)
John Downes .... third assistant director: second unit (uncredited)
Sound Department
Don Sharpe .... sound editor
J.B. Smith .... dubbing mixer
Gerry Turner .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronnie Taylor .... camera operator (as Ron Taylor)
H.A.R. Thomson .... camera operator: second unit
Denis Fraser .... grip (uncredited)
Frank Wardale .... gaffer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Mia Fonssagrives .... costumes: Miss Eggar
Vicki Tiel .... costumes: Miss Eggar (as Vicky Tiel)
Eileen Sullivan .... wardrobe (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Alan Strachan .... assistant editor
Location Management
Tom Sachs .... location manager
Music Department
Stanley Myers .... conductor
Other crew
Gladys Goldsmith .... continuity
Al Lettieri .... dialogue coach (as Alfredo Lettieri)
Marion Rosenberg .... assistant to producer
Crew verified as complete

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96 min
Color (Metrocolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The first film to feature Stanley Myers' "Cavatina" theme (later re-used to more famous advantage in 'The Deer Hunter').See more »
Deborah:Of course you can. What's love!? love is sex, hate, ambitious, selfishness, you name it.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in American Sexual Revolution (1971)See more »
Dance the Night AwaySee more »


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32 out of 36 people found the following review useful.
A Movie Never To Be Forgotten, 25 March 2000
Author: Ismar Tirelli ( from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Curtailing evil, criminal intentions, a dashing young man, Leigh, seduces and persuades the dreary, moderate polio victim Deborah Dainton into falling in love with him. Deborah leads a neatly organized life, and is obligated to see it being reduced to shreds when she discovers her boyfriend is part of a gang who intends to rob the auction house in which she works in. That's when Deborah has to come to grips with the fact that Leigh may have maintained a relationship with her solely for the benefit of the heist.

This is an utterly unforgettable study on bitterness, hope and disappointment. We get to witness the magnificence of Eggar's performance as her character slowly discovers what Leigh - David Hemmings - truly had in mind when they began living together. And how Eggar manages to show that her bad leg does not stop her from being as tricky - if not trickier - than the good for nothing Leigh.

'The Walking Stick' is an emotionally-charged melodrama that does not appeal to tacky tearjerker clichés. Everything is beautifully executed in a low-key, calm and yet gut-wrenchingly real manner, with an emotionally disarming ending that will leave you sobbing.

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