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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 secrets and scandals of a whole town shocked into the open... AS THE NYLON STOCKING KILLER RUNS AMOK! 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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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Trivia

The action takes place in Oakley Park. A Surrey Ambulance Service vehicle is glimpsed, whilst a County of London Civil Defence Corps van can also be seen. See more »

Goofs

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: I think we already know our man. Think we've met him and talked to him. And the only reason we can't put our finger on him is we don't know enough about him.
Sgt. Beale: Could be...
Supt. Mike Halloran: If only someone in this town would talk.
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Soundtracks

Lunar Sunrise
(uncredited)
Music by Robert Farnon
Chappell Recorded Music Library
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What a disappointment
5 May 2012 | by posthouse94See all my reviews

I taped the film from C4 and watched it yesterday. I agree it was very disjointed. John Mills was cast completely against character and was not very convincing.Did anyone else notice a scene repeat? After Elizabeth Seal was murdered at the dance, John Mills interviewed Charles Coburn in a side room. He came out of the room to speak to Barbara Bates then instructed a Police Officer to take her home, then is shown coming out of the room again to see her before the next scene! What struck me most was the fact that the Police cars were invariably driven too fast. Charles Coburn was I thought the best actor on show. Nice to see Harry Fowler playing the band leader for a change rather than a spiv.


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