Pink String and Sealing Wax

Pink String and Sealing Wax

Robert Hamer (1945)

PG Certificate


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Set in Victorian Brighton, this roaring melodrama is adapted from Roland Pertwee's stage success, which takes its title from the way pharmacists used to wrap parcels containing poison. There's not an ounce of subtlety in either the acting or in Robert Hamer's direction, but the film is none the worse for that, as restraint would have rendered the whole production ridiculous. The villains have all the fun, with Mervyn Johns unexpectedly severe as the tyrannical father, Garry Marsh on career-best form as the brutal husband and Googie Withers gloriously wicked as the landlady who leads timid Gordon Jackson astray.


A Victorian innkeeper's wife is desperate to escape from her violent, alcoholic husband. She forms a friendship with the naive son of a chemist, and tries to manipulate him into supplying her with poison, so she can rid herself of her brutish spouse once and for all. Period crime drama based on Roland Pertwee's stage play, starring Googie Withers and Gordon Jackson.

Cast & Crew

Pearl Bond Googie Withers
David Sutton Gordon Jackson
Joe Bond Garry Marsh
Edward Sutton Mervyn Johns
Peggy Sutton Sally Ann Howes
Ellen Sutton Mary Merrall
Miss Porter Catherine Lacey
Dan Powell John Carol
Director Robert Hamer
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Eagle Lion Distribution LtdAvailable on: DVD and Blu-ray