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The Man Upstairs (1958)

Approved | | Drama | 13 February 1961 (Sweden)
John Wilson is troubled with pain and and an inability to sleep. He tries to light the gas-fire and seeks help from another lodger, artist Nicholas, who is spending the night with his model... See full summary »

Director:

Don Chaffey

Writers:

Alun Falconer (original story and screenplay), Robert Dunbar (additional scenes and dialogue) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... The Man Upstairs
Bernard Lee ... The Inspector
Donald Houston ... Sanderson
Dorothy Alison ... Mrs. Barnes
Virginia Maskell ... Helen Grey
Kenneth Griffith ... Mr. Pollen
Patricia Jessel ... Mrs. Lawrence
Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ... Mr. Barnes
Charles Houston ... Nicholas
Maureen Connell ... Miss Blair
Amy Dalby Amy Dalby ... Miss Acres
Walter Hudd ... The Superintendent
Patrick Jordan ... Injured Sergeant
Graham Stewart Graham Stewart ... Sergeant Morris
Victor Brooks Victor Brooks ... Sergeant Collins
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John Wilson is troubled with pain and and an inability to sleep. He tries to light the gas-fire and seeks help from another lodger, artist Nicholas, who is spending the night with his model, and is reluctant to be disturbed. Another neighbor, Pollen, tries to be helpful, but is hit by Wilson. Frightened and angry, Pollen calls for police help. The others in the boarding house are awakened by this time, and Mrs. Harris tries to help the mentally confused Wilson, but he also refuses her help. The police clash with Dr. Sanderson, a welfare worker, who thinks he can take the gun-toting Wilson without complications, but when a Police Sergeant is injured, Police Inspector Thompson is determined to take Wilson by force if necessary. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A taut, off-beat thriller...90 minutes of chilling suspense. See more »

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Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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No fades, dissolves, or background music; the action takes place in exactly the running time of the movie. See more »

Soundtracks

Beast of the Jungle
(uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
SynchroFox Music Library
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A sort of "deja vu"...
11 November 2011 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

Once again,I won't tell the topic of this solid UK drama, Long Horn has done it very well on the summary line. I will just point out that Richard Attenborough gives here a powerful, outstanding performance as a lost soul, not a lunatic, but a character for whom the audience can't not feel some empathy...

But no user seem have noticed that picture is very similar to Marcel Carne's LE JOUR SE LEVE, starring Jean Gabin as the lead. And it is absolutely obvious; a blind man, only by hearing the dialogues, could tell the same thing.

That's all, folks. I have nothing to add.

Oh, yes, I think Don Chaffey's films are hard to purchase, but when you can make it, it's worth. I know this guy directed some AVENGERS TV series episodes.


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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

13 February 1961 (Sweden) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.66 : 1
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