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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.

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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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Mystery

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Approved

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

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Hammer Films See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First Hammer film of George Woodbridge. See more »

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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 Man with the skill to take vengeance on his own
26 October 2014 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In Cloudburst Scotland Yard Inspector Colin Tapley describes the man he is looking for as a man who was trained with the skill to take vengeance on his own. That in fact is Robert Preston who is a Canadian with experience in special Ops during the late war and skill as a cryptologist.

Robert Preston after being cut loose from his Paramount contract and five years away from his career role in The Music Man was getting work where he could find it. Cloudburst is a British film with Preston in the lead to insure box office clout abroad and as usual for Americans, he plays a Canadian.

While in the country looking over some property Preston bought, Sellars is run down in a hit and run. The perpetrators were Harold Lang and Sheila Burrell who just committed a robbery where they also killed a night watchman. Preston gets a good look and even a license number. If he had just gone to the authorities, Scotland Yard would have nailed these two. But Preston has other plans.

Too many flaws in Cloudburst to keep it from becoming a noir classic. Preston leaves a really incriminating clue at Lang's gym (he is a boxer) that sends Tapley in Preston's obvious direction.

Still a good performance by Preston masks a lot of flaws over and makes Cloudburst a good British noir film.


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