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Cloudburst (1951)

Approved | | Mystery | July 1951 (UK)
A Canadian World War II veteran working for the British Foreign Office scours England for the killer who murdered his wife.

Director:

Francis Searle

Writers:

Leo Marks (story and screenplay), Francis Searle (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Preston ... John Graham
Elizabeth Sellars ... Carol Graham
Colin Tapley ... Inspector Davis
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ... Lorna Dawson
Harold Lang Harold Lang ... Mickie Fraser / Kid Python
Mary Germaine Mary Germaine ... Peggy Reece
Thomas Heathcote Thomas Heathcote ... Jackie
George Woodbridge ... Sergeant Ritchie
Lyn Evans Lyn Evans ... Chuck Peters
Edith Sharpe Edith Sharpe ... Mrs. Reece
James Mills James Mills ... Thompson
Daphne Anderson ... Kate
Edward Lexy ... Cardew
Noel Howlett ... Johnson
Robert Brown ... Carter
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A Canadian World War II veteran working for the British Foreign Office scours England for the killer who murdered his wife.

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...when hate breaks loose! (UK poster) See more »

Genres:

Mystery

Certificate:

Approved

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1951 (UK) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Hammer Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This was the first Hammer film to be made at Bray Studios. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the movie, Inspector Davis asks someone from his office what a "cryptographer" is. It is inconceivable that a Scotland Yard Inspector wouldn't know that. See more »

Quotes

John Graham: [looks at the crossword his wife has been doing] Well... you've filled in nine words... You must have been here for hours.
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Featured in The World of Hammer: Hammer (1994) See more »

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Really Good
24 October 2008 | by whitesheikSee all my reviews

I read the other two "reviews" here - the first written by someone who seems to have seen a different film than the one actually in front of his eyes, and the other by someone who doesn't really get one of the major plot points. But, this is the IMDb so what else is new.

I'd never seen or heard of Cloudburst prior to the recent showing on TCM. It's quite a good little film - well directed by Searle, whose work I don't know at all, with a top-notch score by Frank Spencer, a composer I also don't know. Preston is very good, as are the rest of the players, especially the actor who plays the Inspector. The storytelling is compelling, and there's a surprising complexity in Preston's character. Leo Marks, from whose play this was taken, was a fascinating writer and person - as one of the others points out, he really did work as a decoder during the war - and this isn't the only film he wrote where the central character is a decoder - he also wrote Sebastian, in which Dirk Bogarde plays a decoder. And, of course, Marks gave us the brilliant script to Michael Powell's Peeping Tom.

Worth catching if you can find it.


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