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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.

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Complete credited cast:
... Inspector Poole
Olga Lindo ... Mrs. Birling
Arthur Young ... Mr. Birling
Brian Worth ... Gerald Croft
... Sheila
... Eric
Jane Wenham ... Eva Smith
... Fish & Chip Shop Owner
Barbara Everest ... Committee Member
Charles Saynor ... Police Officer
Olwen Brookes ... Miss Francis
... Shop Walker
Frances Gowens ... Small Girl
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Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances. It seems that any or all of them could have had a hand in her death. But who is the mysterious Inspector and what can he want of them ? 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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During the first scene at the dinner table, Arthur Birling says "Steady, the Buffs". This phrase means "stay calm, be careful, and persevere", and is associated with the 3rd Regiment of Foot (The East Kent Regiment), whose nickname was 'The Buffs'. The phrase is thought to have arisen when the Regiment was stationed in Malta in 1858, and was popularised in Rudyard Kipling's novel, "Soldiers Three". 'Buffs' refers the colour of the facings worn by the regiment, starting in the 18th Century. 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 »

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Inspector Goole: We don't live alone. We are members of one body. We are responsible for each other. And I tell you that the time will soon come when if men will not learn that lesson, then they will be taught it in fire and blood and anguish. Good night
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By all means...see this film.
27 December 2004 | by See all my reviews

What can I add, but to say that I agree with all the previous comments about the magnificent performance of Sim and the intelligence of this film.

I've had this film on tape (from TV) for many years now and view it frequently; it is such a pleasure to watch something of this quality: low-key, well-acted, absorbing and, above all (and here's that word again), intelligent.

I give this film two thumbs up (and I'd give it even more if I had more thumbs.) P.S. Hadn't seen Jane Wenham (Eva Smith in this film) in anything else until I watched an Inspector Morse rerun from 1992 ("The Death of Self") last night. I said to the Mrs. that one of the actresses looked familiar; what a surprise to find that it was Ms. Wenham some 38 years later on (and as a blonde.)


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