9 user 1 critic

Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962)

An innocent girl is "groomed" over the telephone, and nearly becomes the victim of the attacker only to put her younger sisters life in grave danger.





Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

When an injured wife murderer takes refuge on a remote Lancashire farm, the owners three children mistakenly believe him to be the Second Coming of Christ.

Director: Bryan Forbes
Stars: Alan Bates, Bernard Lee, Norman Bird
Dilemma I (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Respectable schoolmaster returns from work on the eve of a wedding anniversary holiday to find a strange man dead in their bathroom and his wife missing.

Director: Peter Maxwell
Stars: Peter Halliday, Ingrid Hafner, Patricia Burke
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

When a group of northern soccer fans are down in London for the Cup Final one of their number winds up with a lady of the night. As they talk, the unsophisticated and naive lad starts to ... See full summary »

Director: Muriel Box
Stars: Harry H. Corbett, Diane Cilento, Thora Hird
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A heartwarming tale of an English minister and his family reunited at Christmas time. Their story includes a remembrance of their WWII trials

Director: George More O'Ferrall
Stars: Ralph Richardson, Celia Johnson, Margaret Leighton
Jigsaw (1962)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A woman is found murdered in a house along the coast from Brighton. Local detectives Fellows and Wilks lead an investigation methodically following up leads and clues mostly in Brighton and... See full summary »

Director: Val Guest
Stars: Jack Warner, Ronald Lewis, Yolande Donlan
The Boys (1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Richard Todd, Robert Morley, Dudley Sutton
The Big Job (1965)
Comedy | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

An inept gang of bank robbers, led by George The Brain, are caught and sentenced to 15 years hard labour each. When they are released from prison they start out to collect the money they ... See full summary »

Director: Gerald Thomas
Stars: Sidney James, Sylvia Syms, Dick Emery
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After discovering the dead body of her teenage daughter's lover, a housewife takes desperate measures to protect her family from scandal.

Director: Max Ophüls
Stars: James Mason, Joan Bennett, Geraldine Brooks
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An American businessman visits London and is horrified to discover his nubile teenage daughter has become involved with a gang of thuggish "beatniks". Her involvement leads to wild parties, sex, death and necrophilia.

Director: Guy Hamilton
Stars: Oliver Reed, Clifford David, Ann Lynn
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A criminal gang sets out to pull off the heist of a large army payroll.

Director: Cliff Owen
Stars: Stanley Baker, Helmut Schmid, Tom Bell
Strongroom (1962)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

During a bank robbery, the manager and a cashier are locked in the strongroom while the crooks escape. Later when the gang realise that their plan to release the pair has gone wrong, they ... See full summary »

Director: Vernon Sewell
Stars: Colin Gordon, John Chappell, Ann Lynn
Drama | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Peter Carter meets official resistance when he finds his 9 year old daughter has been the victim of the pedophile patriarch of the town's most powerful family.

Director: Cyril Frankel
Stars: Gwen Watford, Patrick Allen, Felix Aylmer


Complete credited cast:
Christina Gregg ...
Jean Painter
Janina Faye ...
Ann Painter
Cyril Raymond ...
Mr. Painter
Mrs. Painter
Conrad Phillips ...
Dandy Nichols ...
Gwen Nelson ...
Mrs. Mason
Robin Hunter ...
Young Man
Bernadette Woodman ...


An innocent girl is "groomed" over the telephone, and nearly becomes the victim of the attacker only to put her younger sisters life in grave danger.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama





Release Date:

October 1962 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Simple and effective thrill ride
2 August 2009 | by (Beverley Hills, England) – See all my reviews

Don't Talk to Strange Men is just what a thriller should be; simple and effective. The film is very short, running at only just over an hour; but this time is put to very good use as director Pat Jackson wastes no time in getting straight to the point. The film would appear to be a cautionary tale for kids and the subject at hand is the idea of a minor being 'groomed' by an adult who plans to take advantage of them. However, the director doesn't preach anything to the audience; instead the story is just allowed to play out. We focus on a small town that has been upset by the murders of some young kids. Jean Painter is the naive daughter of an overprotective father. She works at a local bar and catches the bus home. One day while waiting for the bus, she hears the phone in the booth near the bus stop ringing; and innocently answers the phone. She begins a dialogue with the stranger on the other end, and becomes obsessed with his voice. Eventually, the stranger suggests they meet...and it becomes clear he has sinister motives.

A major reason why this film works so well is down to the fact that all the major characters are easy to get along with. Christina Gregg's character does require the audience to suspend their disbelief somewhat as she is so easily infatuated with the stranger on the phone; but she plays the role well and is easy to root for. Gwen Cherrell's script is serviceable; but at times the dialogue can be a little strange, and it feels unnatural. The story itself also seems a bit hard to believe at first glance; but inadvertently falling for a voice on the phone is no more unbelievable than falling for someone in an internet chat room; and that is a story we hear often today, meaning the film still has meaning almost fifty years since it was made. The film flows well throughout and is always interesting; but the final third is the best of all. The director really cranks up the tension until it becomes nail-biting, and the final conclusion is well worth the effort invested in the film. The actual ending itself is a bit abrupt and too light-hearted for my liking...but this is still an excellent thriller that more than makes up for any flaws. Highly recommended viewing...if you can find a copy.

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Locations n-p-hunt
DVD release available now! bsfraser2003
Discuss Don't Talk to Strange Men (1962) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: