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Web of Evidence (1959)

Beyond This Place (original title)
A British-American returns to Britain after 20 years to discover that his father has been jailed since WW2 for a murder that took place in murky circumstances.

Director:

Jack Cardiff

Writers:

A.J. Cronin (novel), Ken Taylor (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Van Johnson ... Paul Mathry
Vera Miles ... Lena Anderson
Emlyn Williams ... Enoch Oswald
Bernard Lee ... Patrick Mathry
Jean Kent ... Louise Burt
Moultrie Kelsall ... Chief Inspector Dale
Leo McKern ... McEvoy
Ralph Truman Ralph Truman ... Sir Matthew Sprott
Geoffrey Keen ... Prison Governor
Jameson Clark Jameson Clark ... Swann
Rosalie Crutchley ... Ella Mathry
Oliver Johnston ... Prusty
Joyce Heron Joyce Heron ... Lady Catherine Sprott
Anthony Newlands ... Dunn
Vincent Winter Vincent Winter ... Paul Mathry, Aged 6
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Twenty years after being evacuated to America, Paul Mathry returns to Liverpool for a short visit. He is shocked to find that his father, whom he believed had died a war hero, is in fact in jail for a murder committed at the time Paul left. Starting to piece those events together, he comes to suspect his father may be innocent. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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TIGHTER and TIGHTER it closes in...FASTER and FASTER he's got to run FROM THE WEB! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Web of Evidence See more »

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Production Co:

Georgefield Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The character Van Johnson plays is supposed to be in his mid-20s, but Johnson was 43 when the film appeared. See more »

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4 September 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Beyond This Place (AKA: Web of Evidence) is directed by Jack Cardiff and adapted to screenplay by Ken Taylor from the A.J. Cronin novel. It stars Van Johnson, Vera Miles, Emlyn Williams, Bernard Lee and Jean Kent. Music is by Douglas Gamley and cinematography by Wilkie Cooper.

Paul Mathry (Johnson) was evacuated from Liverpool to America during WWII. Twenty years later he is back in Liverpool believing his father had died a hero during the conflict. The reality is that his father, Patrick (Lee), has been serving a prison sentence for the murder of his pregnant mistress. But something doesn't seem right about the trial, so Paul does a little digging...

Not a great deal to get excited about here, it's a routine mystery - cum - thriller, that is based in Liverpool (not London as some reviewers elsewhere seem to think) but drafts in two American name actors to supposedly perk things up. It never really gets off the ground for dramatic impact, sending Johnson on a mission of truth and justice without ever really putting him in jeopardy. While his relationship with Miles' troubled Lena Anderson is a subplot of no consequence, as is her back story which is sad but isn't given any dramatic heft.

On the plus side is oodles of noirish atmosphere, various camera workings of substance and scene staging that lift proceedings. Night scenes are suitably cloaked with an air of unease, be it blinking pelican lights or spinning shadow lamps, Cardiff and Cooper get the most out of the meagre budget. Other sequences see a shot through distorted glass and one excellent one that has Kent framed in striped surroundings - while she is wearing a leopard skin coat, the contrast of which suits her character perfectly.

Value here for noir visualists, but instantly forgettable once the berserker finale has played itself out. 6/10

Tidbid: James Bond fans will note that it sees Lee and Geoffrey Keen together, they both would later feature in a number of Bond movies.


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