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Stolen Assignment (1955)

A young female reporter, tired of the lightweight women's stories her editor keeps assigning her, pesters him to give her an assignment with more substance. When an artist's rich wife is ... See full summary »

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(adapted from an original story: "Involuntary Confession"), (screenplay) (as Kenneth Hayles) | 1 more credit »
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John Bentley ...
Mike Billings
Hy Hazell ...
Jenny Drew
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Inspector Corcoran
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Henry Crossley
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Ida Garnett
Kay Callard ...
Stella Watson
Violet Gould ...
Mrs. Hudson
Jessica Cairns ...
Marilyn Dawn
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Percy Simpson
Michael Ellison ...
Danny Hudson
Desmond Rayner ...
John Smith
Graham Stuart ...
Coroner
Frank Forsyth ...
Dr. Roberts
Clement Hamelin ...
Seth Makepeace
John H. Watson ...
Plainclothes Det. Sgt.
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A young female reporter, tired of the lightweight women's stories her editor keeps assigning her, pesters him to give her an assignment with more substance. When an artist's rich wife is murdered, the pair try to help a detective--who doesn't want their help at all--solve the case. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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August 1955 (UK)  »

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Die Spur f├╝hrt nach Ambledown  »

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"Mr Sly" in yet another character part
14 April 2012 | by See all my reviews

I voted this 1954 "B" film a user rating of 5/10 - just about average.The leading parts were very small fry actors in the film business (producer budget constraints) but were adequate.Eddie Byrne as the police inspector was probably the best known character actor and had a joint leading role.I also recognised the actor who played the newspaper's crime reporter who played the English master in the 1951 comedy film "The Happiest Days of your Life".In the latter film (like "Stolen Assignment") he has a romantic liaison with his female opposite number (Bernadette O'Farrell) in the girls school (headmistress Margaret Rutherford) which the Ministry of Education have stupidly assigned to the same location & school as the boys public school whose head is Alastair Sim.

In "Stolen Assignment" Hy Hazel plays the female reporter wishing to better herself by reporting on meatier subjects than the frivolous female subjects to which the editor of her paper keeps assigning her.One character actor who caught my eye was Raymond Rollet who played a police sergeant.In the 1950s on BBC TV Children's Hour Raymond played a character called "Mr Sly" and a church deacon in "Gone to Earth" (1949).Eddie Byrne is assisted by the newspaper duo in solving the case of the murdered artist's affluent wife who had kept the artist when she was alive.The question is can they come up with the hard evidence the police require to enable them to make an arrest rather than mere supposition?

This was the sort of "B" picture you saw in British cinemas in the 1950s before the big feature you had gone primarily to see.


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