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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 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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Storyline

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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A tale of investigation into the lives of five people who have forged a tragic chain of circumstances. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The feature debut of Norman Bird. See more »

Goofs

Despite the film/story being set in 1912 England, the ladies dresses feature zip fasteners, but the modern zipper was not invented for use in clothing until 1913. 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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Remade as An Inspector Calls (2015) See more »

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A strange visitor interrupts dinner
4 October 2005 | by chris_gaskin123See all my reviews

I've just seen An Inspector Calls for the first time and found it very enjoyable. The ending was a bit of a surprise.

The Birlings, a rich English family are having dinner one evening when a copper calls round to see them and tell them about a girl who has just been found dead. At first, they deny they knew her but each member of the family did know her and had a different connection with her. These include being a former lover and a former employee. Later on, we learn the truth and there is something strange about the Inspector...

The Inspector is played brilliantly by the great Alastair Sim (Scrooge) and the rest of the cast includes Arthur Young and Brian Forbes.

This is a must see, especially for old movie fans. Brilliant.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.


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