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This is a strictly routine thriller which leaves no cliché unturned.Hy Hazell and John Bentley play reporters on the same newspaper who are rivals for scoops on the murder investigation.Eddie Byrne is the detective who is pestered by the duo and tries to thwart their best efforts,There are a number of red herrings thrown in to put you off the scent.It is though all rather ruotine.One can only be grateful that the leads are not played by the usual American has beens.Hy Hazells only real claim to fame is her rather dramatic death,choking to death on a steak in a restaurant.Probably for devotees of the genre or the actors only.
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.
Stolen assignment is yet another light-hearted crime/ thriller in which
a couple of newspaper reporters compete with each other to expose a
murderer, and the police seem unable to do without their 'help'. A time
honored theme that holds up extremely well in this ~hour long romp.
The best laid plans of our villain are dismembered one by one by our intrepid pair in a movie that is genuinely absorbing. The comedic aspects never seem to interfere with the unfolding drama and when the climax is reached the pair realize, unsurprisingly, that it must be love - for a happy ending.
The acting is top notch and the characters are well fleshed out.
For anyone with a modicum of interest in movies of a bygone era, this is essential viewing. Four and a half, from five stars is my assessment. A Gem.
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