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An Inspector Calls (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 March 1955 (France)
When a young girl is found dead an inspector is sent to investigate a prosperous Yorkshire household. It emerges that each member of the family has a guilty secret - each one is partly responsible for her death.

Director:

Guy Hamilton

Writers:

J.B. Priestley (adapted from the play by), Desmond Davis (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Alastair Sim ... Inspector Poole
Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Birling
Arthur Young Arthur Young ... Mr. Birling
Brian Worth Brian Worth ... Gerald Croft
Eileen Moore ... Sheila
Bryan Forbes ... Eric
Jane Wenham Jane Wenham ... Eva Smith
George Woodbridge ... Fish & Chip Shop Owner
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Committee Member
Charles Saynor Charles Saynor ... Police Officer
Olwen Brookes Olwen Brookes ... Miss Francis
John Welsh ... Shop Walker
Frances Gowens Frances Gowens ... Small Girl
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Set in 1912, an upper crust English family's dinner is interrupted when a police inspector brings news of a girl known to everyone present having died in suspicious circumstances. It seems each member of the family could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them? This was originally a West End play. Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Rarely has a film so intrigued an audience! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Trivia

George Cole (Tram Conductor, uncredited) was a protege of Alastair Sim and they appeared in several films together. See more »

Goofs

At around 59mins, a poster for a circus appears in the background advertising the Great Blondin. The film is set in 1912, but Blondin died in Ealing in 1897. See more »

Quotes

Sheila Birling: [about the girl who committed suicide by drinking disinfectant] Was she pretty?
Inspector Goole: She wasn't very pretty when I saw her last in the infirmary.
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A superior mystery with a twist in the tail.
1 July 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

This film demonstrates , that when the cast are given such a

wonderful story, the film doesn't need big stars or outlandish

special effects to succeed. Alastair Sim stars as the mysterious

Inspector Goole, who calls upon the wealthy Birling family, to

investigate the death of a local girl, Eva Smith. The audience is led

to believe, that because the dead girl had worked in the Birlings

factory , Mr Birling is the subject of the investigation , but as the

story unravels, it is apparent that the rest of the family are involved

in the girls death. When I first saw this film I was unfamiliar with

Priestley's work, but after the final scene, I was enthralled. The

ending took me completely by surprise. Good supporting cast of

British actors, including a young Bryan Forbes as Eric Birling, but

as in all his films, Alastair Sim stands head and shoulders above

everybody else, and carries the film. I would recommend this

movie to everybody, but don't give away the ending.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1955 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Det är från polisen See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,331,372
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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