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A composer stuck in a middle-class marriage finds that his affair with his wife's half-sister has resulted in her pregnancy. When his wife refuses to give him a divorce he hatches a murder scheme that is too clever by half. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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First screened in 1961 by British cinemas as a second feature. It was later screened on American television as an episode of Kraft Mystery Theater (1959). See more »


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Music by Don Banks
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Sung by Cleo Laine with Dudley Moore (piano)
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The perfect murder mystery
31 May 2016 | by (london) – See all my reviews

The British film industry made hundreds of thrillers in the 1950s but very few are memorable,but this is definitely one.I have just seen this again after some years.I consider it the perfect murder mystery for a number of reasons.Firstly every detail of the plot has a crucial impact in the climax,not least the hit and run accident.Every piece of the plot falls neatly into place.Patricia Dainton is able to use the details of the conspiracy to her advantage.The plot itself is uncomplicated and the story very well written.Well worth viewing when contemporary films have faded from view.Can be viewed on TV again for the first time in years.


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