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Town on Trial (1957)

Approved | | 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 to sort out all the red herrings, and finally after a confrontation at the top of the local church spire, arrest the culprit. Another fascinating look at what life was like in Britain during the 50's, Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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The crimes that put a Town on Trial See more »


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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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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The map of Oakley Park shown at the beginning of the film is actually of Banbury, Oxfordshire. See more »

Goofs

Mark Roper takes a shower at the Oakley Park Country Club. It is evident that he is showering in a pair of shorts, and implausibly dries himself enough to be able to put on his shirt and trousers (and presumably underwear) around seven seconds after leaving the cubicle. See more »

Quotes

Supt. Mike Halloran: Are there any real people in this town I wonder?
Elizabeth Fenner: You know the population of Oakley Park? It's about 50,000. How many people have you met so far? A dozen?
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Soundtracks

Grip of the Law
(uncredited)
Music by Trevor Duncan
Josef Weinberger Music Ltd
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Surely not that good.
9 February 2003 | by bcwresearchSee all my reviews

I too watched the Channel 4 showing. Must disagree with the previous comment. I thought it was a very mediocre film, especially when you think the story was penned by Francis Durbridge. As for the plot, well please tell what were the motives for the murders? I will agree, an excellent film to watch, if you are looking out for those great 'B' film character actors. ( uncredited appearance of Hal Osmond, then only 38, looking thirty years older). The petrol forecourt scene, and chastisement of Superintendent John Mills by the bicycling village 'plod' were great little scenes. Who was the actor who played the 'bobby'?


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