Behind the Headlines

Behind the Headlines

Charles Saunders (1956)

U Certificate


Our Score
Adapted from the novel by Robert Chapman, this is elevated above the morass of British crime B-movies by a sure sense of newsroom atmosphere that owes more to Hollywood than Pinewood. This tale of showgirls, blackmail and murder presents an unromanticised view of journalism - although the intrepid reporter always stays one step ahead of the doltish flatfoot - and there's a convincing seediness about the backstage milieu thanks to Geoffrey Faithfull's unfussy photography. It may lack suspense and newsman Paul Carpenter is short on charisma, but there's admirable support from the likes of Adrienne Corri, Hazel Court and Alfie Bass.


Two investigative reporters try to solve the mystery of a murdered showgirl, and soon find themselves involved in a sinister world of crime and conspiracy. Charles Saunders' crime drama based on a novel by Robert Chapman, starring Paul Carpenter, Adrienne Corri and Hazel Court.

Cast & Crew

Paul Banner Paul Carpenter
Pam Barnes Adrienne Corri
Maxine Hazel Court
Supt Faro Ewen Solon
Sammy Alfie Bass
Alfie Harry Fowler
Creloch Tom Gill
Mrs Bunting Olive Gregg
Nina Duke Magda Miller
Bunting Trevor Reid
Hollings Arthur Rigby
Bernie Colin Rix
Mary Garrick Melissa Stribling
Director Charles Saunders
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: J.A.R.F.D. Ltd