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The Case of Charles Peace (1949)

 |  Crime  |  March 1949 (UK)
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Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life--by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Martin Harvey ...
Charles Peace (as Michael Martin - Harvey in opening credits) (as Michael Martin-Harvey in closing credits)
Chili Bouchier ...
Valentine Dyall ...
Storyteller
Bruce Belfrage ...
Counsel for Prosecution
Ronald Adam ...
Counsel for Defence
Roberta Huby ...
Sue Thompson
Peter Forbes-Robertson ...
William Habron
Kathleen Rooney ...
Mary
Richard Shayne ...
Jean Shepeard ...
Hannah Peace
Bob Cameron ...
John Habron (as Robert Cameron)
John Kelly ...
Father O'Brien
Peter Gawthorne ...
Hamilton Deane ...
Robert McLachlan ...
Mr. Justice Lindley (as Robert Mclachlan)
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Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life--by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.

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At the end of the film when Charles Peace, in his cell, is talking to his wife Hannah, his hair is slightly dishevelled and over his ears. In the next shot its completely brushed back. See more »

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Opening credits include the following statement: "An AUTHENTIC STORY based on the records of BRITISH JUSTICE" See more »

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Would have been a great Tod Slaughter film
14 October 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

While watching THE CASE OF CHARLES PEACE, I couldn't help but wondering how this would have turned out as a Tod Slaughter movie. Certainly given Slaughter's propensity for barnstorming performances, it would have been entertaining stuff - more entertaining than it turned out to be with this genteel, laid-back story of crime and murder.

Charles Peace was a famous Mancunian who lived a double life as a kindly family man by day and ruthless burglar/murderer by night. He's played here by the long forgotten Michael Martin-Henry, who's not bad, but gives a relatively restrained performance given the subject matter.

Unfortunately, the film itself is a bit of a dud, as it never manages to pick up speed despite the intriguing storyline. I didn't like the courtroom wraparound part of the film, as it saps the narrative of both vigour and pace. The depiction of the various crimes isn't bad but there's a definite lack of the kind of suspense you'd expect, leaving this as an interesting curio and nothing more.


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