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Burnt Evidence (1954)

| Drama, Mystery | 1954 (UK)
An unfaithful wife is going to leave her husband, a failing carpenter, but he finds out about her lover and a murder takes place. Police try to identify whether the burned body is her husband or her lover.


Daniel Birt


Percy Hoskins (from an original story "Burn the Evidence" by), Ted Willis (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Jane Hylton ... Diana Taylor
Duncan Lamont ... Jack Taylor
Donald Gray Donald Gray ... Jimmy Thompson
Meredith Edwards ... Bob Edwards
Cyril Smith Cyril Smith ... Alf Quinney
Irene Handl ... Mrs. Raymond
Hugo Schuster Hugo Schuster ... Hartl
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Pathologist
Hugh Moxey Hugh Moxey ... Asst. Commissioner
Tony Hilton Tony Hilton ... Tubby
Stanley Vilven Stanley Vilven ... Attwood
Hamilton Keene Hamilton Keene ... Fire Officer (as Hamilton Keane)
Gwen Bacon Gwen Bacon ... Mrs. Thompson


An unfaithful wife is going to leave her husband, a failing carpenter, but he finds out about her lover and a murder takes place. Police try to identify whether the burned body is her husband or her lover.

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1954 (UK) See more »

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Verbrannte Beweise See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Donald Gray had his left arm amputated in 1944 after being injured by a German anti-tank shell in France. Throughout this film, he wears an artificial hand. See more »

Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on invoices and statements singed around the edges and removed individually by hand. See more »


Shrouded Trees
Music by Trevor Duncan
Boosey & Hawkes Ltd
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The Perils of Self-Employment
28 December 2015 | by trimmerb1234See all my reviews

This was one of many B feature films produced between 1951 and 1962 (see IMDb for details) by the ACT - the cinema technicians trade union. The films seem to have in common, a good all British cast, reasonably resourced production values and themes rather off the mainstream, generally centred on the domestic but with an underlying serious work/economic theme. This although ostensibly a (lurid) crime who-dunnit, could well have been titled "The Perils of Self-Employment" - the conclusion makes this abundantly clear. The central character is a modest carpenter with a small but failing business, "too soft" to press for money owing and consequently on the edge of bankruptcy and losing his (improbably rather glamorous and stylish wife, Jane Hilton) to a suave and moneyed rival. The weakness seems to be in the writing/direction - perhaps the emphasis on a serious theme compromised the other elements but it left room for some wit, by no means flat-footed, with the humane detective (Meridith Edwards) and his dim assistant. Surprisingly the screenplay was by Ted Willis who was to become a respected name in TV. Overall it was of a quality that could have been an evening's highlight on the ITV of the day, watched from the sofa whilst eating a "TV dinner". The theme - everyday working life and the domestic economy - would rarely if ever be on the screen again. A 5.5

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