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80,000 Suspects (1963)

| Drama | 1964 (USA)
A doctor's already-shaky marriage is tested to an even greater extent when he has to contend with a smallpox epidemic.


Val Guest


Trevor Dudley Smith (novel) (as Elleston Trevor), Val Guest (screenplay)




Cast overview:
Claire Bloom ... Julie Monks
Richard Johnson ... Dr. Steven Monks
Yolande Donlan ... Ruth Preston
Cyril Cusack ... Father Maguire
Michael Goodliffe ... Clifford Preston
Mervyn Johns ... Buckridge
Kay Walsh ... Matron
Norman Bird ... Harold Davis
Basil Dignam ... Medical Officer Boswell
Arthur Christiansen Arthur Christiansen ... Editor - Bath Evening Chronicle (Mr. Graney)
Ray Barrett ... Health Inspector Bennett
Andrew Crawford Andrew Crawford ... Dr. Ruddling
Jill Curzon Jill Curzon ... Nurse Jill
Vanda Godsell ... Mrs. Agnes Davis
Ursula Howells ... Joanna Duten


A doctor's already-shaky marriage is tested to an even greater extent when he has to contend with a smallpox epidemic.

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Not great
2 September 2009 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

Officials in the City of Bath have to find "80,000 Suspects" in this 1963 film starring Richard Johnson, Claire Bloom, Yolande Donlan, and Cyril Cusack. Johnson is Steven Monks, an overworked doctor, and Bloom is his wife, Julie, an ex-nurse, who delay their vacation to fight a pending epidemic of smallpox. There is tension between the two; Monks had an affair with another doctor's wife, Ruth (Donlan), who becomes the subject of a search when it's learned that she was with someone infected with smallpox.

A very uninvolving movie that concentrates more on the relationship of the husband and wife than it does the tracking down of people who may have been infected with smallpox. That doesn't necessarily make it less interesting, but in this case, it's hard to warm up to the main characters. The lesser characters are actually far more likable and interesting - Michael Goodlife as Ruth's devastated husband and Basil Dignam as the worried chief medical officer.

There's not much in the way of raw emotion from either Johnson nor Bloom, both excellent actors but neither one particularly warm. The script calls for them to be very stoic.

Could have been compelling - isn't.

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1964 (USA) See more »

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80.000 Suspeitos See more »

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Bath, Somerset, England, UK See more »

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