ITV Playhouse: Season 3, Episode 22

Rumour (2 Mar. 1970)

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Episode credited cast:
Michael Coles ...
Sam Hunter
Ronald Clarke ...
Vic Smith
Joyce Blair ...
Betty Jacobs
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Baxter ...
Checker Berry ...
John Caesar ...
Policeman at docks
David Cargill ...
Arthur Kook
Martin Carroll ...
Mr. Wilkins
Jill Chartell ...
Belly dancer
Ernie Clayden ...
Driver's mate
Ian Cooper ...
Paul Dawkins ...
Hercules Beaumont
Ivor Dean ...
Jim Delaney ...
Julian Crawford
James Donnelly ...
Mike Weston


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4 April 2009 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

The remarkably adept paranoia thriller actually had the qualities which were proclaimed for British TV at the time - often without justification.

Using the small scale production resources of TV, Mike Hodges puts together the account of the over confidant lead, who underestimates the powerful group that gets his car into the back of a semi. A brief coda with kids and the tape recorder in a city dump is an unlikely note of hope in the grim proceedings.

The small cast do well, with a large part of the ending a two hander. The choice of angles, pacing and interpretation are an indicator of Hodges substantial career to come in feature films. The mood foreshadows his GET CARTER and the feeble I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD.

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