Deadly Nightshade

Deadly Nightshade

John Gilling (1953)

U Certificate


Our Score
In spite of its penury, this typical 1950s British crime quickie - about an escaped convict who unwittingly assumes the identity of a spy - is curiously engaging. It's not Emrys Jones's plight that holds the attention, but the fact that baffled inspector John Horsley is faced with more crooks than he can shake a stick at, forcing him to play a waiting game until the traitors show their hand. Although director John Gilling throws in a few Cornish coastal views, he's mostly confined to unconvincing sets, though the cheapskate look only adds to the charm.

Cast & Crew

Robert Matthews / John Barlow Emrys Jones
Ann Farrington Zena Marshall
Inspector Clements John Horsley
Mrs Fenton Joan Hickson
Canning Hector Ross
Police Sergeant Victor Platt
Colonel Smythe Roger Maxwell
Mrs Smythe Lesley Deane
Publican Edward Evans
Ship's chandler Alan Gordon
Doctor Ian Fleming (2)
Osborne Martin Wildeck
Director John Gilling
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: French Cruttenden Osborne LtdAvailable on: video and DVD