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The Delavine Affair (1955)

A man's death leads a local newspaperman and the man's girlfriend to seek the killer.


Douglas Peirce


George Fisher (screenplay), Robert H. Chapman (based on the original story: "Winter Wears A Shroud") (as Robert Chapman) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Peter Reynolds ... Rex Banner
Honor Blackman ... Maxine
Gordon Jackson ... Florian
Valerie Vernon Valerie Vernon ... Lola
Michael Balfour ... Sammy
Peter Neil Peter Neil ... Inspector Johnson
Laurie Main ... Summit
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Meyerling (as Peter Swannick)
Katie Johnson ... Mrs. Bissett
Mark Daly Mark Daly ... Mr. Bissett
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Mrs. Halloran
Mae Bacon Mae Bacon ... Fanny (as Mai Bacon)
Hal Osmond Hal Osmond ... Old Man
Vernon Kelso Vernon Kelso ... Macgregor
Christie Humphrey Christie Humphrey ... Maid


A man's death leads a local newspaperman and the man's girlfriend to seek the killer.

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Release Date:

3 January 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder Is News See more »

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Production Co:

Croydon-Passmore See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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An amateur detective tale - in every sense
2 April 2018 | by DPMaySee all my reviews

Typical fare for its time, one of a rush 'em out on a production line style of cheap crime thriller. It was probably considered no better than average when it was released over 60 years ago and looks even more amateurish nowadays.

Peter Reynolds stars as the enterprising reporter who unwittingly finds himself the number one suspect in a murder case. But he has one vital clue, linking the killing to a recent jewel theft, and thus turns detective in order to clear his own name and get himself a scoop in solving the crime. Aiding him are his wife and photographer friend.

The whole film looks rushed and badly under-rehearsed, and completely lacks any kind of proper pacing, ticking along at exactly the same tempo whatever the situation being played out. There's no build up of suspense, no crescendo of drama... Everything just plays out too matter-of-factly. Dialogue is delivered in a quick, unconvincing manner and is mostly very bland, not a good thing when your leading character is supposed to be witty. Many of the exchanges between characters are just big dumps of plot exposition with little regard for nuances of natural conversation or characterisation.

The police seem rather inept and incapable of action without the involvement of the reporter, Banner. The film is mostly studio-bound, and the limited number of scenes shot on location are sometimes poorly integrated with the interior shots. And certain ideas within the film are just plain daft. For example, a character hiding behind a narrow pillar so that his arms and legs still stick out. And a professional photographer trying to get shots through a glass window whilst using his flash? Good luck with that one mate, all you'll get is reflection!

Being in practically every scene, Reynolds carries a big responsibility on his shoulders and I don't think he is really up to it as his one-note performance fails to get the most out of what the script offers up. In his few scenes, Gordon Jackson shows much more skill, throwing in just a facial expression or movement of the eyes among his words that gives a far greater impression of thought processes going on, and it's a shame that he wasn't given the lead role instead. Honor Blackman, beautiful as ever, struggles a little in the earlier half of the picture when her character has too little to do but her performance improves as the material does. And it's a treat to see Katie Johnson here, albeit in a small role, just before she was to play her career-defining role in The Ladykillers.

In summation, a work that is likely only to have appeal to dedicated fans of the genre and/or the cast members present.

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