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Tears for Simon (1956)

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An 18 month old baby disappears in London. Detective Inspector Craig tries to find the child but there aren't many clues.


Guy Green


Janet Green (original screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
David Farrar ... Det. Insp. Craig
David Knight ... Lee Cochrane
Julia Arnall ... Sue Cochrane
Anthony Oliver Anthony Oliver ... Sgt. Lyel
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Sgt. Cook
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Mrs. Robey
Anne Paige Anne Paige ... Nanny
Thora Hird ... Kelly's Landlady
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Jeffries
Everley Gregg Everley Gregg ... Viscountess
Meredith Edwards ... Sgt. Davies
Irene Prador Irene Prador ... Mitzi
Anita Sharp-Bolster ... Miss Gill (as Anita Bolster)
Beverley Brooks Beverley Brooks ... Pam
Brenda Hogan Brenda Hogan ... Sue's Secretary


An 18 month old baby disappears in London. Detective Inspector Craig tries to find the child but there aren't many clues.

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Release Date:

4 January 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Production Co:

Sydney Box Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)


Color (Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Shop Keeper: I know exactly what happened to that baby. It's my opinion the Russians have got him.
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Tears For Simon
20 March 2007 | by robertconnorSee all my reviews

When a baby is snatched from outside a high street pharmacy, the police begin a painstaking search for clues and information whilst also trying to deal with the child's distraught parents.

Green's film is very much of its time, and there's nothing wrong with that – in 1956 Britain we thought nothing of leaving a baby in its pram outside a store. Small shops ran library services, small grocers and bakeries thrived, large supermarkets were a thing of the future and London's parks were awash with uniformed armies of perambulating nannies…

In the lead, Farrar is a little dull but this is perhaps more the fault of the script, which leaves little space for character development. As the baby's parents, Knight and Arnall both struggle with the challenges their parts bring, although certainly the script serves them better than Farrar, exploring the different emotional impacts a lost child can bring with both characters reacting differently. Green is better served by a delightful array of supporting character actors, each of whom savours the few lines they are given. This was a hallmark of British cinema in the 40s, 50s and 60s, where so often the supporting and bit players were much more believable and entertaining than the leads – witness Joan Hickson's amusingly patronising tone with her teenage customers (one of whom is Barbara Windsor!) in the chemist shop, or ice cream seller Joan Sims' hilarious gossiping about keeping her hairdo intact in an open top car. Thora Hird is hysterical as a caustic landlady, disapproving of plain-clothes policewomen, whilst Everley Gregg offers a sublime turn as a 'no nonsense' Viscountess in oily overalls.

All in all an enjoyably episodic story, coloured with fascinating location shooting and wonderful cameos, and a treat for anyone interested in Britain or British cinema in the 1950s.

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