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Town on Trial (1957)

Not Rated | | Crime, Mystery, Thriller | August 1957 (USA)
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At a local tennis club in a posh London suburb, an attractive but flirty young woman is murdered, prompting a Scotland Yard investigation.

Director:

John Guillermin

Writers:

Robert Westerby (screenplay), Ken Hughes (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Supt. Mike Halloran
Charles Coburn ... Dr. John Fenner
Barbara Bates ... Elizabeth Fenner
Derek Farr ... Mark Roper
Alec McCowen ... Peter Crowley (as Alec Mc Cowen)
Fay Compton ... Mrs. Crowley
Geoffrey Keen ... Charles Dixon
Margaretta Scott ... Helen Dixon
Meredith Edwards ... Police Sgt. Rogers
Harry Locke ... Police Sgt. Beale
Raymond Huntley ... Dr. Reese
Harry Fowler ... Leslie (Bandleader)
Maureen Connell ... Mary Roper
Magda Miller Magda Miller ... Molly Stevens
Newton Blick Newton Blick ... Asst. Commissioner Beckett
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Storyline

When an attractive young girl is murdered, suspicion falls on several members of the local tennis club. It falls to Police Inspector Halloran (Sir John Mills) to sort out all the red herrings, and finally after a confrontation at the top of the local church spire, arrest the culprit. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The secrets and scandals of a whole town shocked into the open... AS THE NYLON STOCKING KILLER RUNS AMOK! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Town on Trial See more »

Filming Locations:

Weybridge, Surrey, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters portrayed in this film are purely fictitious and any resemblance to any actual persons, living or dead, is purely co-incidental. See more »

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At about 95 minutes, Halloran admits that his evidence would not convince 'the Public Prosecutor'. In English and Welsh law there has never been such a term. Since 1908 it would have been the Director of Public Prosecutions, as any 1957 police officer would have known. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Mike Halloran: This killer is going to strike again. I know the pattern. I've seen it a dozen times. If we handle this town with kid gloves on, there's going to be another funeral within a week.
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Grip of the Law
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Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Music Ltd
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Quite a decent murder mystery, if dated...
8 July 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

The main reason to watch this movie now, for me - and I guess most - is for John Mills, as the firm but fair Scotland Yard Inspector Detective, who has to solve a couple of murders of young women in a sleepy Home Counties town in England.

It's all about the rather sermonising 1950's "respectable" folk who wag their fingers at a local beauty - a Marilyn Monroe (sort of) lookalike who carries on with married men and flaunts her curvy figure at the local snobbish Sports Club, the elitism of which extends beyond their usual, especially as the membership secretary is a fan of hers....

One night, she is strangled and of course, a whole array of the obvious candidates spring up, some red herrings and some real. Charles Coburn as a disgraced GP and Derek Farr who has more business fingers in more pies than are reasonable are two of the more recognisable stars that come under the Inspector's radar.

The film is well enough made, the story complex enough to satisfy the average amateur sleuth and John Mills is sturdy, even if his 'romance' with one of the deceased young friends is both awkward and frankly, ridiculous. There's also a pretty meaty and suspenseful ending, that Hitchcock himself might have come up with.


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