Francis Searle (1962)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Made a decade after Lewis Gilbert's no more than adequate Emergency Call, Francis Searle's anaemic little movie re-creates the agony of an estranged couple and their young daughter who is in desperate need of a blood donor. Replacing Jack Warner as the earnest Scotland Yard flatfoot seeking likely candidates - a traitor, a football player and a fugitive murderer all make an appearance - is Glyn Houston, while, as the parents, Zena Walker and Dermot Walsh look suitably in need of tranquillisers and discover that their marriage is much stronger than they had imagined. Things get quite dramatic before the hour and the budget is up, and the villain on the run proves sufficiently elusive to extend the picture and the plot to required length.


An injured child with a rare blood group is in desperate need of a transfusion, prompting the police to set out to find a suitable donor from a disparate collection of people. Drama, starring Glyn Houston and Zena Walker.

Cast & Crew

Insp Harris Glyn Houston
Joan Bell Zena Walker
John Bell Dermot Walsh
Dr Lloyd Colin Tapley
Professor Graham Garard Green
Sgt Phillips Anthony Dawes
Tommy Day Edward Ogden
Mrs Day Helen Forrest
Director Francis Searle
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Butchers Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD