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Stolen Assignment (1955)

A young female reporter, tired of the lightweight women's stories her editor keeps assigning her, pesters him to give her an assignment with more substance. When an artist's rich wife is ... See full summary »

Director:

Terence Fisher

Writers:

Kenneth R. Hayles (screenplay) (as Kenneth Hayles), Sidney Nelson (adapted from an original story: "Involuntary Confession") | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ... Mike Billings
Hy Hazell ... Jenny Drew
Eddie Byrne ... Inspector Corcoran
Patrick Holt ... Henry Crossley
Joyce Carey ... Ida Garnett
Kay Callard Kay Callard ... Stella Watson
Violet Gould Violet Gould ... Mrs. Hudson
Jessica Cairns Jessica Cairns ... Marilyn Dawn
Charles Farrell ... Percy Simpson
Michael Ellison Michael Ellison ... Danny Hudson
Desmond Rayner Desmond Rayner ... John Smith
Graham Stuart Graham Stuart ... Coroner
Frank Forsyth ... Dr. Roberts
Clement Hamelin Clement Hamelin ... Seth Makepeace
John H. Watson John H. Watson ... Plain Clothes Detective Sgt.
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A young female reporter, tired of the lightweight women's stories her editor keeps assigning her, pesters him to give her an assignment with more substance. When an artist's rich wife is murdered, the pair try to help a detective--who doesn't want their help at all--solve the case. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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He Had a Cast-Iron Alibi for Murder...But these Reporters Had Other Ideas!

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Comedy | Crime

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1955 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Spur führt nach Ambledown See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Opening credits: All characters and events depicted in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »

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Followed by Dead Lucky (1960) See more »

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A Gem...
18 September 2007 | by spottedowlSee all my reviews

Stolen assignment is yet another light-hearted crime/ thriller in which a couple of newspaper reporters compete with each other to expose a murderer, and the police seem unable to do without their 'help'. A time honored theme that holds up extremely well in this ~hour long romp.

The best laid plans of our villain are dismembered one by one by our intrepid pair in a movie that is genuinely absorbing. The comedic aspects never seem to interfere with the unfolding drama and when the climax is reached the pair realize, unsurprisingly, that it must be love - for a happy ending.

The acting is top notch and the characters are well fleshed out.

For anyone with a modicum of interest in movies of a bygone era, this is essential viewing. Four and a half, from five stars is my assessment. A Gem.


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