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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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Is he real... or the creature of conscience? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$6,331,372
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Brian Worth previously appeared in Last Holiday (1950), also based on one of J.B. Priestley's stories. 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

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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Connections

Referenced in Inspector Morse: Second Time Around (1991) See more »

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Excellent - A unique masterpiece
24 July 2002 | by nicholas.rhodesSee all my reviews

This film is one of my top favourites and each successive viewing makes me like it more and more. Perhaps I have a partiality for Priestly as I adored as well "Last Holiday". Whether it is the superb black-and-white photography, the plaintive theme music by Francis Chagrin ( Eva's Theme ), the masterly way in which the plot unfolds as the film progresses, the surprise ending ... all contribute to make this a small masterpiece which is never to be forgotten once seen.

Basically, a wealthy family in the early part of the 20th century are having a little celebration at home when proceedings are interrupted by a rather mysterious police inspector who says he has come to interrogate them about a young lady who has just died through suicide in an infirmery. When the young lady's name is pronounced, this doesn't ring any bells with those present but - this is where the fun starts and you can just see it coming - the inspector proceeds, via flashbacks, to establish a connection between all present and the unfortunate young lady who has passed on ...... The plot is excellently made, and build up to a final climax with brio. They just don't make films like this any more !

The film has now been available for about 18 months ( October 2007 ) on a DVD in the UK only which while sporting an excellent copy of the film, offers no subtitles or other languages and no interesting extras for the viewer. This is a bit of a shame for a film which, to me at least is to be considered as a small masterpiece of British Cinema. The theme music is also now available on a Francis Chagrin CD.


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