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The Case of Charles Peace (1949)

Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life--by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.

Director:

Norman Lee

Writers:

Norman Lee (screenplay), Doris Davison (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Martin Harvey Michael Martin Harvey ... Charles Peace
Chili Bouchier Chili Bouchier ... Katherine Dyson
Valentine Dyall ... Storyteller
Bruce Belfrage Bruce Belfrage ... Counsel for Prosecution
Ronald Adam ... Counsel for Defence
Roberta Huby Roberta Huby ... Sue Thompson
Peter Forbes-Robertson Peter Forbes-Robertson ... William Habron
Kathleen Rooney Kathleen Rooney ... Mary
Richard Shayne Richard Shayne ... Arthur Dyson
Jean Shepeard Jean Shepeard ... Hannah Peace
Bob Cameron Bob Cameron ... John Habron (as Robert Cameron)
John Kelly ... Father O'Brien
Peter Gawthorne Peter Gawthorne ... Mr. Justice Lopes
Hamilton Deane Hamilton Deane ... Mr. Justice Hawkins
Robert McLachlan Robert McLachlan ... Mr. Justice Lindley (as Robert Mclachlan)
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Businessman Charles Peace leads a double life--by day he's a respected local businessman, but by night he's a professional thief who lets nothing, not even murder, stop him from getting what he wants.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1949 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

John Argyle Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Only lead role of Michael Martin Harvey. See more »

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At the end of the film when Charles Peace, in his cell, is talking to his wife Hannah, his hair is slightly dishevelled and over his ears. In the next shot its completely brushed back. See more »

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Opening credits include the following statement: "An AUTHENTIC STORY based on the records of BRITISH JUSTICE" See more »

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Better than I expected
18 June 2013 | by thesufiSee all my reviews

This little gem of a movie deserves wider recognition. I'd never heard of it until I stumbled upon it one afternoon on the UK MoviesForMen channel.

You certainly get a great sense of the Victorian Era in Britain in which it is set and Peace, as played by Michael Martin Harvey makes a chillingly credible sociopath. He put me in mind somehow of Richard Attenborough's seedy Christie in 10 Rillington Place.

The only criticism I could make is that Harvey was maybe a little old for the lead role as he looks the wrong side of 60! The courtroom scenes are also very realistic.

I wonder how it came to be forgotten.


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