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Maureen Riscoe ...
Julie McKelvin
John Barry ...
Geoffrey Dent
Charles Clapham ...
Col. Peabody
Ivan Craig ...
Tony
Ian Fleming ...
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Peter Madden ...
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Boring Boarding House Life!!
26 April 2016 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

John Gilling began directing a few short features (40 minutes) at the tiny Windsor studios in central London. He and producer Harry Reynolds started with "Escape From Broadmoor", a moody ghost story about an escaped killer but unfortunately their next "A Matter of Murder" was described as a "tatty programme filler" and it was!!

Billed as "the drama of a man who couldn't escape his own conscience" the film was based on Gilling's own story and concerned Geoffrey Dent (John Barry), a bank clerk who embezzles money at the orders of his girlfriend Laura Wilson. She is a gold-digger who claims that the money is needed to pay off a blackmailer but who plans to shoot through with the loot on her own. The title is a bit of a red herring considering the girl hangs onto life throughout most of the movie. It also makes for confusing viewing as the film starts with the attack on Laura and the audience is in the dark as to what is going on - you certainly don't know of Geoffrey's robbery until the story gets under way. Of course, because Geoffrey is the person seen leaving the flat, his is the description posted on the front pages the next morning but by that time he is safely ensconced in an out of the way boarding house.

Boarding house types abound - there is the daffy old lady, the nosy radio ham, Vera, the sympathetic manageress and her skeptical boyfriend who feels from the start that Geoffrey is not who he claims to be. Film is only of interest for seeing John LeMesurier in an early role as a gangster.

Although the film's distributor, Vandyke, worked on a shoestring budget they did manage to set up their own studio - a converted 500 seat cinema in Barnes. While they occasionally managed to persuade such names as director Val Guest and his wife Yolande Donlan to bolster the studio's prestige, it didn't manage to survive the adverse trading conditions of the late 1950s.


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