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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 ... 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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He had murdered once! NOW he was ready to strike again ...and no one could catch him but HIMSELF! (UK poster) See more »

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Mystery

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Approved

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1951 (UK) See more »

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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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A war veteran takes full responsibility for his own unacceptable tragedy
22 March 2017 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

A complicated story with many undercurrents to it, that are not plainly visible to the eye - a viewer might get confused by this intrigue, the main character being very difficult to understand. Only if you know something of the second world war and its experiences, the character that Robert Preston impersonates becomes credible.

It's a very different espionage story to the usual ones. Preston is a code breaker expert and has been through quite a lot in the war, and so has his wife - you never get really into her story, but it's clear she has gone through some very difficult ordeals. For that reason, and many others, he loves her more than can be expressed, and the first part of the film with their relationship is beautifully illustrated by excellent music reminiscent of a Rachmaninov symphony. The music by Frank Spencer is outstanding throughout. When the cloudburst occurs the upsetting shock is really unsettling, especially to Robert Preston, and the romantic film turns sinister and the more so for each new turn of events.

The main asset of the film is the very skillful story, which is more than intelligent, and you can't help admiring Robert Preston's character for his astuteness in managing his own intrigue. He surprises you all the time by constantly knowing more than the audience and thus leads the way into his own abyss, which is unavoidable - he admits it himself, and the audience accepts it, that he is already hopelessly a dead man for his atrocious loss.

It's as good a spy story as any of the great ones by Hitchcock and Carol Reed, only this is so much more sinister.


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