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Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)

A glamor model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.


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William Fairchild (original story) (as W.E.C. Fairchild), William Fairchild (screenplay) (as W.E.C. Fairchild)


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Credited cast:
Ralph Michael Ralph Michael ... Det. Insp. Michael Carson
Peggy Evans ... Penny Justin
Christopher Lee ... Jonathan Blair
Diana Dors ... Molly James
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Policeman
Olaf Pooley Olaf Pooley ... Von Leicher
Ethel Coleridge Ethel Coleridge ... Mrs. Hodgson
Sam Costa Sam Costa ... Reception Clerk
Dennis Vance ... Crawford
Shaun Noble Shaun Noble ... Henry Pownall
John Lorrell John Lorrell ... Fraser
Philip Saville Philip Saville ... Slim, Police Car Driver
Peter Madren Peter Madren ... Adams
Duncan Carse Duncan Carse ... Boatman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Paul Stockman ... Page Boy


A glamor model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.

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Release Date:

26 July 1948 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This was the first film in which Christopher Lee played a villain. See more »

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Chance to see early Diana Dors
21 September 2015 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

The Story concerns catching escaped German WWII prisoners in early post war Britain.Christopher Lee plays a General Kressman a Nazi who is posing as an artist who draws a comic strip in the style of the 1940s Daily Mirror "Jane". This requires the services of the statuesque model Penny Justin who for once steals the glamour thunder from the soon to be peroxided Diana Dors.Clues are embedded by Lee into the succeeding comic strips which can then be read by his foreign agents.Penny has ambitions herself to become a detective being a voracious reader of crime novels which have gone to her head.Meanwhile DD is the secretary, Molly James, to Ralph Michael (Inspector Michael Carson) of Scotland Yard.His job is to track down the war criminals and investigate the murder of Detective Henry Pownall.

Part of the investigation means travelling to Spain and here we briefly meet Sam Costa more famous for appearing in the 1940s radio comedy "Much Binding in the Marsh".A rare comic sequence involves a road sign painter who nearly gets run over by the baddies car then the police car and who then gives up painting "Thank You" onto the sign.Lee in his first role on screen has that far away look of a fanatical Nazi in his eyes which sold him as a "baddy" thereafter to future casting directors.

I have never seen Penny Justin in other roles, perhaps she was a real life full time model when not filming.Michael Carson successfully completes his investigation with the not inconsiderable help of Penny while falling for her charms.IMDb.com rated this film 5.8 while my rating was 6.0

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