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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 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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Taglines:

"Only when you are with me...can you feel alive ...I promise you everything except tomorrow." See more »

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Freddie Francis initially was DoP, but was replaced by Otto Heller. 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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The Dull and the Dreary
20 November 2014 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Made when it was becoming fashionable for British films to include a leading continental actress, as well as the more usual fading American star, this was also able to take advantage of the BBFC's more relaxed approach to the depiction of sexual relations in the wake of the previous year's ROOM AT THE TOP. Supposedly: "The most daring Drama of Sex and Passion ever filmed" or so it was claimed at the time, it must also be one of the dullest.

It's a ploddingly told tale of an archaeologist having second thoughts on his proposed marriage to the niece of a Press baron and embarking on a passionate affair with a beautiful but damaged German woman, able to offer sex but not emotional commitment following her harrowing rape as a teenager. There is much pointless conversation and scenes that go nowhere, such as the fanciful plan to locate the Ark. Halfway through, William Bendix turns up to add some welcome colour, but he's given too little to do. Tony Britton plays the poorly-written role of the archaeologist as well as anyone could but Nadja Tiller can't do much with the difficult part of the enigmatic Ila. Donald Wolfit is fun as the owner of a scandal sheet, full of the self-serving pompous humbug about his "duty" to expose others' private lives, that typifies such types. Most of the characters though are as artificial as the plot.


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