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Rosalyn Forbes
Bernard Clifton ...
Georges Forbes
Moira Reed ...
Mary Jessyl
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Judy St. John
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Rodney Marsh
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Arnold Gill
Jack Vyvian ...
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Howard Douglas ...
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Jimmy Forbes returns home from Australia after 20 years on the run, to find that his wife has become wealthy and well-to-do through inheritance, and has painted a completely different picture of him to their children. However, both offspring are in trouble, and the man they do not know is their father may be just the wily one to help.

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August 1937 (UK)  »

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Cheap but effective
27 May 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Another British B-picture from director/producer George King, a man responsible for churning out dozens of quota quickies during his long career. His work with barnstorming actor Tod Slaughter (SWEENEY TODD in particular) may be his best, but he still directed many others of interest.

UNDER A CLOUD is such a film. It's no masterpiece, clearly hampered by a low budget and an unfamiliar cast, but it's watchable enough for fans of this era. The main character, played by the delightful Edward Rigby, is an elderly small-time crook who we are introduced to as he makes cash from card tricks on board a ship bound for England.

Rigby is reintroduced to his grown-up family after spending 20 years or so in Australia. He goes incognito and spends his time thieving and generally making a nuisance of himself, but a murder plot soon allows him to show his true colours. Aside from Rigby's colourful protagonist, this is a fairly ordinary production, but it moves along at a fair old clip. I was surprised by the revealing attire worn by one of the principals (Hilda Bayley); the censor must have been sleeping on the job. Still, the comic relief works well and there's plenty of incident, so UNDER A CLOUD is a nicely watchable film.


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