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The Deadliest Sin (1955)

Confession (original title)
A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

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Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Don Martin (original story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sydney Chaplin ... Mike Nelson
Audrey Dalton ... Louise Nelson
Jefferson Clifford Jefferson Clifford ... Pop Nelson
John Bentley John Bentley ... Detective Inspector Kessler
Robert Raglan ... Superintendent Beckman
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Detective Sergeant Williams
Peter Hammond ... Alan Pool
Betty Woolfe Betty Woolfe ... Mrs. Pool
John Welsh ... Father Neil
Richard Huggett Richard Huggett ... Young priest
Patrick Allen ... Corey
Dorinda Stevens ... Blonde
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... The Business Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Percy Herbert ... Barman
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Storyline

A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

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MOST AMAZING CRIME DRAMA OF THE YEAR! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

£22,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 1954. See more »

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Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

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Music by Hubert Clifford
Francis Day and Hunter Ltd
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Excellent, tense British thriller of the 1950s
10 May 2008 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This is a 'lost' film which really deserves to be better known. It features excellent performances by Sidney Chaplin, Audrey Dalton, and Peter Hammond in the lead roles. Sidney Chaplin was a very good actor who suffered from the resentment of others at his being the son of Charlie Chaplin, which hurt his career. Being the son of a famous father can occasionally work for you (Michael Douglas, Beau Bridges), but usually works against you. I only met him and chatted to him once, but it was immediately obvious that he was a warm and pleasant fellow. His acting talent seems to me obvious, but it was constantly called into question by carpers and grumblers. He has the lead role in this film, and delivers with authority and skill. The film is set in an ambiguous location: in the script they call the town Teignmouth, which is in Devon, but they are reading a local paper called the 'Surrey Comet', which is 200 miles away. Never mind. It is a cozy little town, and the house is beside a village green, and everything should be idyllic, but it isn't. That's because Sidney comes back after years away in America where an American accent 'kind of brushes off on you'. And then the trouble begins. And what trouble that is. Hence the tension, which gets worse every minute. Audrey Dalton as his sister really is so charming and sweet and genuine, one of those English roses they don't grow any more. The film was directed by Ken Hughes, and was perfectly suited to his abilities. I knew Ken well later on, and although he had a big commercial success as director of 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', that was an accident, as he was not really a big picture director, he was meant for small and tight stories like 'Confession'. Ken had no head for facts. He was proudest of all at having directed 'Cromwell'. I never had the heart to tell dear Ken that it was all historically inaccurate, and I gave him old engravings of Roundheads to cheer him up. His pride and joy was the gigantic painting by Delvaux that dominated his living room in Hampstead. Ken was no highbrow, but he loved 'higher things'; he was an innocent abroad who never really grew up, and would give a pal the shirt off his back. This film is one of his finest achievements and I am pleased to be able to say so. It should get back into circulation, but then so should real money and silver dollars. If you can find it, don't hesitate.


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