Fritz Lang (1955)

A Certificate


Our Score
While a long way from being the best film on director Fritz Lang's illustrious CV, this adaptation of J Meade Falkner's swashbuckling classic still makes for rousing entertainment. Set in Dorset in the 1770s, the fast-moving tale of smuggling and secret identities provides Stewart Granger with the chance to add a touch of devilment to the expected romantic dash and derring-do. George Sanders gives his usual performance of silky smooth malevolence, but, as is so often the case in such action adventures, too little is asked of the female leads - Joan Greenwood and Viveca Lindfors suffer here. Nevertheless, this is a solid piece of good old-fashioned escapism.


A dandified 18th-century Dorset gent who leads a double life as a smuggler is entrusted with looking after a boy whose mother has just died - but the orphan uncovers his secret and the pair become embroiled in an adventure involving a diamond and an evil aristocrat. Fritz Lang's period drama based on J Meade Falkner's novel, starring Stewart Granger, Jon Whiteley, Joan Greenwood and George Sanders.

Cast & Crew

Jeremy Fox Stewart Granger
Lady Ashwood Joan Greenwood
Lord Ashwood George Sanders
Mrs Minton Viveca Lindfors
John Mohune Jon Whiteley
Gypsy Liliane Montevecchi
Felix Ratsey Melville Cooper
Elzevir Block Sean McClory
Parson Glennie Alan Napier
Damen Jack Elam
Magistrate Maskew John Hoyt
Director Fritz Lang
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Metro-Goldwyn-MayerGuidance: Violence.