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The Price of Silence

  • Drama
  • 1959
  • Montgomery Tully
  • 81 mins
  • U

Summary

An ex-convict's attempt to make a fresh start is jeopardised when an elderly man is murdered in his office. Crime drama, starring Gordon Jackson and June Thorburn.

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Review

Rating: 2 out of 5.

Adapted from the long-forgotten Laurence Meynell novel One Step from Murder, this low-budget programmer sees Gordon Jackson's ex-con trying to go straight after leaving prison. He finds a job at an estate agency, where boss's wife Maya Koumani has designs on him. But he only has eyes for artist June Thorburn, until he finds himself back behind bars after running into slippery old cellmate Sam Kydd. Jackson would go on to become a household name in TV's Upstairs, Downstairs and The Professionals, but he's quietly affecting as the hesitant underdog, while Kydd displays some rarely seen menace. One of the more maligned quickie stalwarts, Montgomery Tully directs with little urgency, and the plot isn't overburdened with fiendish twists and turns. But Geoffrey Faithfull brings a craftsman's eye to the visuals, while it's worth noting that murder victim Mary Clare (in her last screen role) was one of Noël Coward's favourite leading ladies.

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Credits

Cast

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Roger FentonGordon Jackson
Audrey TruscottJune Thorburn
Maria ShipleyMaya Koumani
John BraineTerence Alexander
Mrs WestMary Clare
Superintendent WilsonVictor Brooks

Crew

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DirectorMontgomery Tully

Details

Theatrical distributor
Grand National Pictures Ltd
Language
English
Formats
Black and white
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