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Johnny on the Spot (1954)

| Crime | April 1954 (UK)
A framed ex-convict struggles to clear his name.


Maclean Rogers


Michael Cronin (by), Michael Cronin (adapted from his novel "Paid In Full")


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Hugh McDermott ... Johnny Breakes
Elspet Gray ... Joan Ingram
Paul Carpenter Paul Carpenter ... Paul Carrington
Jean Lodge Jean Lodge ... Sally Erskine
Ronald Adam ... Inspector Beveridge
Valentine Dyall ... Walter Tyley
Ronald Leigh-Hunt ... Sir Jeremy Oulton
Conrad Phillips ... Sergt. Walsh
Vanda Godsell ... Diana Townley
Douglas Herald Douglas Herald ... The Blind Man
Graham Stark ... Steve
Adrienne Scott Adrienne Scott ... Receptionist
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Landlord
Patrick Connor Patrick Connor ... Mechanic (as Pat Connor)
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Terry Dunn (as Bruce Bebee)


A framed ex-convict struggles to clear his name.

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Mono (RCA)

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1.37 : 1
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I thought I was reasonably intelligent but...
13 August 2018 | by davidmuntjacSee all my reviews

What a mess of a movie! The first few minutes were fine with some good location filming and a voiceover by the main character which explained why he was walking along the beach towards a large house and windmill. He discovered two bodies in the house but from that point I simply couldn't follow what was going on. One thing's for sure - if you don't want to be a murder suspect don't go rummaging around for documents, leaving a trail of fingerprints. If no one saw you approach the house you take the money you think you're owed and get out quick.

The next hour was a total mess. I have no idea who several of the characters were or how they came to be involved. Who was the blind pianist who popped up wherever the script required him to? Why did the character Walter never reappear after his one scene despite being at the other end of a phone? Why did Hugh McDermott's character think the blind man drove off in a speedboat? By the end of the film I was totally confused as to who was working with who or what they were doing. The murderer was revealed but as to his motives - who knows?

If the voiceover had continued for the whole film this may have helped explain the plot. On the other hand it may have just confirmed that none of it made any sense.

The acting was pretty suspect too, particularly that of the star Hugh McDermott who gave an extremely unconvincing performance.

I've given this film three stars but only because I did enjoy the location filming in Sussex and London.

This is the second film on Renown's Crime Collection Volume 3 DVD set and is probably the poorest to appear on any of the first three volumes. There are a few forgotten gems to be found, such as The Third Alibi on Volume 2, but you can't expect them all to sparkle.

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