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Deadly Nightshade (1953)

Escapee switches identities but finds the new one quite a handful.

Director:

John Gilling
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Cast

Credited cast:
Emrys Jones ... Matthews / Barlow
Zena Marshall ... Ann Farrington
John Horsley ... Inspector Clements
Joan Hickson ... Mrs. Fenton
Hector Ross Hector Ross ... Canning
Victor Platt Victor Platt ... Sergeant
Roger Maxwell Roger Maxwell ... Col. Smythe
Lesley Deane Lesley Deane ... Mrs. Smythe
Alan Gordon Alan Gordon
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marne Maitland ... Heinz
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Pritchard
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Escapee switches identities but finds the new one quite a handful.

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1953 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Matthews: He sounds like a man with a problem.
Ann Farrington: Every man has a problem of sorts.
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Excellent British suspense film about look-alikes
25 November 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

What a fine leading man Emrys Jones was, in this well-scripted and gripping suspense thriller, where he plays two characters who resemble one another. As usual with identity swaps in such films, the unsuspecting fellow finds himself in a much worse mess than the one he left. There is something hypnotic about Jones's quiet, melancholy, and brooding under-playing of both roles. This is what you could call 'a taut little British film', positively reeking of the atmosphere of early 1950s Britain with its stone sinks, tweed jackets, polite policemen, pinta bitter, wide boys, loving looks with few words (no slobbery kisses, no clinches), self-control of manner, and looming sense of 'bigger things out there' which sometimes intrude on a chap's quiet country cottage. Joan Hickson plays an annoying part-time housekeeper with the correct angle of sniff. A jolly good show all round, no doubt of that.


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