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Postmark for Danger (1955)

Portrait of Alison (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 18 January 1956 (USA)
A woman's painted portrait and a post card with a sketch of a woman's hand holding a Chianti bottle are the main clues used by the Scotland Yard to solve a string of murders connected to a diamond-smuggling ring.

Director:

Guy Green

Writers:

Ken Hughes (adapted for the screen by), Guy Green (adapted for the screen by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Beatty ... Tim Forrester
Terry Moore ... Alison Ford
William Sylvester ... Dave Forrester
Geoffrey Keen ... Inspector Colby
Josephine Griffin ... Jill Stewart
Allan Cuthbertson ... Henry Carmichael
Henry Oscar ... John Smith
William Lucas ... Reg Dorking
Terence Alexander ... Fenby
Stuart Saunders Stuart Saunders ... Sgt. Haines
Bruno Barnabe Bruno Barnabe ... Italian Detective
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Police Inspector - Interpol Division
Marianne Stone ... Receptionist
Sam Kydd ... Bill, the Telephone Engineer
Jack McNaughton Jack McNaughton
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Storyline

A car plunging over a cliff kills its two occupants identified as newspaperman Lewis Forrester and actress Alison Ford (Terry Moore). Surviving Lewis are his two brothers, Tim (Robert Beatty), a portrait painter, and Dave (William Sylvester), a pilot. Scotland Yard discovers that Lewis' death was engineered by a gang of international diamond smugglers he was about to expose. Before he died, he had sent someone in London a post card with a sketch of a woman's hand holding a Chianti bottle. Alison's father, John Smith (Henry Oscar) commissions Tim to paint her portrait from a photograph. While Tim is out, the supposedly-dead Alison enters his studio, but flees when she finds the body of Jill Stewart (Josephine Griffin), Tim's favorite model. Scotland Yard Inspector Colby (Geoffrey Kene) suspects Tim because whatever alibi evidence Tim presents vanishes before the Inspector can confirm it. Reg Dorking (William Lucas), a used-car dealer tries to blackmail Tim, offering the post card sent ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Again the Handwriting of the Post-Card Killer See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Mystery

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

18 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Postmark for Danger See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Insignia Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

First film of William Lucas. See more »

Goofs

Obvious stunt doubles in the fight between Tim Forrester and Henry Carmichael. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Colby: Now you listen to me. My advice to you is to get yourself a good lawyer because you're going to need one. Goodnight.
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Remake of Portrait of Alison (1955) See more »

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Pretty good Brit murder/suspense
17 September 2014 | by ksf-2See all my reviews

This UK film from 1955 opens with a car racing along the road, over the cliff it goes, and bursts into flames when it hits the canyon below. Geoffrey Keen is Inspector Cobly, who is investigating the accident. We are introduced to Tim and Dave, the brothers of the deceased driver. You'll recognize "Henry" (Allan Cuthbertson) from Fawlty Towers, and whole lot of British TV. I see Hopscotch (AWESOME film) in Cuthberson's list of roles, but can't remember what he did in it. Tim (Robert Beatty) also starts checking out what's going on, and he bumps into people who have the answers, but don't want to give them up. Terry Moore stars as Alison, and seems to be at the center of all this grand adventure. Pretty entertaining. I've never seen this one before, and as of today, doesn't have any comments on the discussion board. Must be new to Turner Classics. There is a twist here and there, but nothing earth shattering. Story by Francis Durbridge, who wrote this in between all the (British) TV series for which he was known. Directed by Guy Green, who had received an Oscar for directing the 1948 Great Expectations.


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