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Cross-Roads (1955)

A young man returns from the grave to avenge himself on an impresario who caused the death of his sister.

Director:

John Fitchen

Writers:

Richard Griffith (original story) (as Richard Lawrence Griffith), John Fitchen (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Christopher Lee ... Harry Cooper
Ferdy Mayne ... Bernard J. Maskell
Mercy Haystead Mercy Haystead ... Betty
Janet Richards Janet Richards ... Susan Cooper (as Jan Richards)
Beryl Nesbitt Beryl Nesbitt ... Mary Freeman
Norman Morris Norman Morris ... 1st. Policeman (as N. Morris)
N. Matthews N. Matthews ... 2nd. Policeman (as N.Matthews)
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A young man returns from the grave to avenge himself on an impresario who caused the death of his sister.

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Short | Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

February 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Crossroads See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bartlett Films See more »
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Goofs

When Christopher Lee is seen with girl in car he has a cold sore on his lip, after entering a building it's gone. See more »

Soundtracks

The Shadow Waltz
by Clive Richardson (as Paul Dubois),
Queen's Hall Light Orchestra
Conducted by Robert Farnon (as David King), by special arrangement with Chappell & Co.
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Spooky short with a future great
29 October 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

CROSS-ROADS is a highly effective short ghost story that depends on mood and subtlety for effect. Nowadays it's particularly endearing to fans thanks to the presence of Christopher Lee in the leading role, in what was his first ever supernatural performance. Despite his youth, Lee still proves to be an excellent actor at this early stage of his career, delivering a warm and sympathetic performance despite his character's mystery and spookiness.

The plot is a simple tale of revenge from beyond the grave, enlivened thanks to some strong direction from John Fitchen, who also co-wrote the piece with Richard Griffith. Neither of them ever had anything of a career in cinema, which is a shame as this short, 19-minute effort is a lot more effective than many bigger budgeted thrillers from the era. The set-up of the tale is more than a little reminiscent of the later Ian Hendry segment from 1972's TALES FROM THE CRYPT, and the story is enlivened by a second fine actor, Ferdy Mayne (THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS) in the role of the antagonist. Scenes of Lee racing through the streets in his soft-top car are particularly well-shot and exciting.


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