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Rogue's Yarn (1957)

| Crime | August 1957 (UK)
An adulterous husband plans to kill his invalid wife. He thinks that he has the perfect alibi, but an alert detective unravels his story.

Director:

Vernon Sewell

Writers:

Vernon Sewell (screenplay), Ernle Bradford (screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Nicole Maurey ... Michele Cartier
Derek Bond ... John Marsden
Elwyn Brook-Jones Elwyn Brook-Jones ... Inspector Walker
Hugh Latimer Hugh Latimer ... Sergeant Adams
John Serret ... Inspector Lafarge
John Salew John Salew ... Sam Youles
Nigel Fitzgerald Nigel Fitzgerald ... Commissioner
Joan Carol Joan Carol ... Nurse
Madoline Thomas Madoline Thomas ... Cook
Agatha Carroll Agatha Carroll ... Hester Marsden
Barbara Christie Barbara Christie ... Maid
Hugh Morton Hugh Morton ... Doctor
Khadi the Cat Khadi the Cat ... 'KHADI' the Cat
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An adulterous husband plans to kill his invalid wife. He thinks that he has the perfect alibi, but an alert detective unravels his story.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1957 (UK) See more »

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Mono (recorded on) (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Opening credits prologue: Extract from The Manual of Seamanship :

"ROGUE'S YARN"- A COLOURED YARN FOUND IN THE HEART OF ALL GOVERNMENT ROPE. See more »

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References Double Indemnity (1944) See more »

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Early Columbo prototype
12 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ROGUE'S YARN is an intriguing little murder mystery, shot in Brighton by director Vernon Sewell and featuring his famous yacht that had previously appeared in the likes of GHOST SHIP alongside many other productions. As some other reviewers on here have noted, the structure of the film and the content make it feel very much like a COLUMBO episode, with the murderer introduced to the viewer at the outset.

The dashing Derek Bond plays an adulterous husband who plots to bump off his invalid wife with the help of his mistress. All goes according to plan, until a dogged detective shows up and threatens exposure. What follows is a fun police procedural movie, with a lot of screen time spent on the unravelling of a perfect alibi.

The unknown Elwyn Brook-Jones stars as the detective, with the familiar Hugh Latimer in comic relief support as his sergeant. I wasn't familiar with Brook-Jones before this film, but the Roy Kinnear lookalike does a good job at bringing his working class character to life. He makes Walker both a realistic and likable presence. Although ROGUE'S YARN is undoubtedly a B-movie in terms of budget and narrative, Sewell is one of those directors with the capability to make any film look good and there's a great suspense sequence involving a leaking gas tap.


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