Wolf Rilla (1953)

PG Certificate


Our Score
Having already been unofficially adapted by Luchino Visconti as Ossessione (1942), James M Cain's hard-boiled novel The Postman Always Rings Twice was apparently plundered again by Peter Jones for the play that inspired this bleak British B-movie. Also known as Roadhouse Girl, it's a solid enough study in lust, despair and avarice, with Sandra Dorne oozing cynical sensuality as the unhappy wife whose liaison with mechanic Maxwell Reed leads to the death of her grouchy, garage-owning husband Leslie Dwyer. The couple flee and begin a new life, only for rich smoothie Ferdy Mayne to suspect their crime after he begins bankrolling Dorne's café. It's a pity the performances aren't as authentic as the settings.


An aggressive garage owner is accidentally killed in a fight, The dead man's wife helps the killer to hide the body and the pair decide to start a new life together. But when they borrow money from a loan shark, their secret threatens to come out. Crime drama, starring Sandra Dorne, Maxwell Reed, Leslie Dwyer and Ferdy Mayne.

Cast & Crew

Marilyn Saunders Sandra Dorne
Tom Price Maxwell Reed
George Saunders Leslie Dwyer
Nicky Everton Ferdy Mayne
Rosie Vida Hope
Coroner Hugh Pryse
Singer Ray Burns
Roadhouse customer Kenneth Connor
Director Wolf Rilla
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: DVD