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Portrait of a Sinner (1959)

The Rough and the Smooth (original title)
Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

Director:

Robert Siodmak

Writers:

Robin Maugham (novel), Audrey Erskine-Lindop (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nadja Tiller ... Ila Hansen
Tony Britton Tony Britton ... Mike Thompson
William Bendix ... Reg Barker
Natasha Parry ... Margaret Goreham
Norman Wooland ... David Fraser
Donald Wolfit ... Lord Drewell
Tony Wright ... Jack
Adrienne Corri ... Jane Buller
Joyce Carey ... Mrs. Thompson
John Welsh ... Dr. Thompson
Martin Miller ... Piggy
Michael Ward Michael Ward ... Head Waiter
Edward Chapman ... Willy Catch
Norman Pierce Norman Pierce ... Barman
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Hotel Manageress
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Storyline

Young blonde woman seems to destroy everyone she comes in contact with.

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A bold motion picture about bold people the shockingly adult film of the year! See more »

Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1959 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Portrait of a Sinner See more »

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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The country hotel where Mike and Ila go would later appear as the tennis club in School For Scoundrels (1960); as "The Elizabethan Hotel" In Avengers episode Wish You Were Here [1969]; in several episodes of Randall and Hopkirk (Deaceased) (1969-71); and as the restaurant used by Strand and companion in Special Branch S4 episode 12, Diversion [1974] See more »

Quotes

Mike Thompson: Driver, is that your cab outside?
Taxi Driver: Sorry. Engaged.
Mike Thompson: Oh. Well, is there a rank anywhere around?
Taxi Driver: No.
Mike Thompson: Could I get one by telephone?
Taxi Driver: No.
Mike Thompson: Well, look, when you've dropped your passenger, could you come back for me?
Taxi Driver: Sorry. Going 'ome.
Mike Thompson: Well, thanks for being the soul of courtesy... and a great help
Taxi Driver: Is it my fault if I happen to be booked up before your highness come along? Why don't you ask my passenger to share. You never know your luck.
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Soundtracks

Symphony No.5
(uncredited)
Music by Franz Schubert
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What Happens When the Noir Scriptwriter Forgets To Include A Plot
2 March 2014 | by alonzoiii-1See all my reviews

A young archaeologist, maneuvered into an engagement he does not quite want, encounters a stunning blonde with a German accent and decides to kick over the traces, much to the surprise of anyone (except, maybe, the blonde). He becomes agitated when the young lady's colorful past starts to intrude itself on his comfortable existence, and is truly appalled when he has the true PORTRAIT OF A SINNER. Will our hero nonetheless benefit from his dance with his dark side, or will our heroine drag him into the mire of her turbulent world?

There is a lot of good in this little bit of Brit Noir, including a script that is a lot more adult than usual for 1959. Since the adult bits are handled with wit, it comes across as sophisticated (and funny) rather than coarse. William Bendix, as the vulgar fellow who may or may not be our femme fatale's employer, adds some unique art design, as well as quite a good performance, to the mix. Also featured is some really good repartee. The problem is that there really is not all that much going on here, other than the tale of a lucky young man who wants a little naughty with his luck, before he takes up his rightful place in society. As a result, you might find yourself just a shade disappointed at the end of it all, despite the obvious talent involved.


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