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Delayed Action (1954)

A destitute, suicidal man is offered a contract for 18 months to act as a front for an unscrupulous businessman, with his life being forfeit. He carries out his agreement, also writing a ... See full summary »

Director:

John Harlow

Writer:

Geoffrey Orme (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Robert Ayres ... Ned Ellison
June Thorburn ... Anne Curlew
Alan Wheatley ... Mark Cruden
Bruce Seton ... Sellars
Michael Balfour ... Honey
Michael Kelly Michael Kelly ... Lobb
John Horsley ... Worsley
Olive Kirby Olive Kirby ... Angela Bentley
Ballard Berkeley ... Insp. Crane
Ian Fleming ... Dr. Jepson
Myrtle Reed Myrtle Reed ... Jackie
Dennis Chinnery Dennis Chinnery ... Bank cashier
Charles Lamb Charles Lamb ... Bank clerk
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A destitute, suicidal man is offered a contract for 18 months to act as a front for an unscrupulous businessman, with his life being forfeit. He carries out his agreement, also writing a successful novel and falling in love, wanting to break the contract early. He is refused. Written by Becie

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murder | See All (1) »

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Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

July 1954 (UK) See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Mark Cruden: I want to buy something that you seem to have no further use for.
Ned Ellison: Yeah? What?
Mark Cruden: Your life.
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Confusing story with familiar faces
22 September 2017 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

Robert Ayres is a failed novelist who sells an 18 month option on his life to Alan Wheatley.Wheatley might decide to kill him and take over a newly created identity.It doesn't really make much sense.The main pleasure is in seeing so many familiar faces Bruce Seton as Wheatleys assistant.Michael Balfour plays a character called Honey.Ballard Berkeley is a detective.On 23 minutes you will see the reflection of the camera crew in the car door.Definitely a highlight!


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