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The Limping Man (1953)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 11 December 1953 (USA)
A WWII veteran goes back to England after the war only to discover that his wartime sweetheart has got mixed up with a dangerous spy ring.

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Cy Endfield (as Charles de Lautour)

Writers:

Ian Stuart Black (adapted for the screen by), Reginald Long (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lloyd Bridges ... Franklyn Prior
Moira Lister ... Pauline French
Alan Wheatley ... Inspector Braddock
Leslie Phillips ... Cameron
Hélène Cordet Hélène Cordet ... Helene Castle
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Kendall Brown
Andre Van Gyseghem Andre Van Gyseghem ... Stage Door Keeper (as André Van Gyseghern)
Tom Gill Tom Gill ... Stage Manager
Lionel Blair ... The Dancer
Robert Harbin Robert Harbin ... The Magician
Charles Botterill (ii) Charles Botterill (ii) ... The Xylophonist (as Charles Bottrill)
Rachel Roberts ... Barmaid
Verne Morgan Verne Morgan ... Stone
Raymond Rollett Raymond Rollett ... Jonas
Irissa Cooper Irissa Cooper ... The Maid
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Storyline

American Frank Pryor (Lloyd Bridges)) arrives in London to take up an interrupted romance with Pauline French (Moira Lister), whom he hasn't seen in six years. At the airport a man standing alongside Pryor is slain by an unseen sniper, and he is detained by Scotland Yard for questioning. Released, he goes to Pauline's apartment, and learns that she had an intimate association with the slain man and is not interested in talking about it. Scotland Yard also knows this and Pryor and Pauline are kept under surveillance. After complications involving the dead man's wife, it is found that the man Pauline knows isn't dead at all and isn't who he is supposed to be. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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What strange secret walked side by side with ... The Limping Man.


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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 1953 (USA) See more »

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Company Credits

Production Co:

Banner Films Ltd. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters in this photoplay are fictitious and bear no resemblance to any real person living or dead. See more »

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Margaret Hotine, Michael Bowen and Kay Callard were included in the list of actors in the opening titles but not in the character-plus-actor list in the closing credits. See more »

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Soundtracks

Hey Presto!
by Cyril Ornadel and David Croft
Sung by Hélène Cordet (uncredited)
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Hey, Presto!
1 February 2010 | by shazam1950See all my reviews

Though I rated it a 6 I watch it more than some of my other favorite choices. When the plot goes to the music hall theater the song that Helene Cordet ,the magician's assistant, sings while doing the act just knocks me out. Her french accent and slight lisp somehow combine with the music arrangement to just make the movie better for me. Maybe it injects a bit of light humor in a suspense drama. In fact I enjoyed the next musical act about dancing on a big piano keyboard MORE THAN 3 DECADES Before THE MOVIE 'big". But then I always pay attention to musical interludes in movies even though they are suppose to be incidental. I agree with other reviewers about the early cameo bits by Jean Marsh, Rachel Roberts and the Lockeed Constellation. But I frequently find myself putting the movie and going to scene 5 just to hear her sing 'Hey Presto' again. In fact similar music interludes from B movies like MAN FROM CAIRO, CARRY ON SPYING,THE RAWHIDE YEARS,GIRLS AT SEA, make me wish that the soundtracks for audio use were available.


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