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Walk a Tightrope (1964)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 30 October 1964 (Sweden)
In England, an American expat is hired by a woman to kill her ex-husband but things are not what they seem to be at first glance.


Frank Nesbitt


Mann Rubin (story)




Cast overview:
Dan Duryea ... Carl Lutcher
Patricia Owens ... Ellen Sheppard
Terence Cooper Terence Cooper ... Jason Sheppard
Richard Leech ... Doug Randle
Neil McCallum Neil McCallum ... Counsel
Trevor Reid Trevor Reid ... Inspector MacMitchell
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Magistrate
Shirley Cameron Shirley Cameron ... Maisie
David Bauer ... Ed
Jack Melford Jack Melford ... Bit Part
Tony Thawnton Tony Thawnton ... Restaurant Manager
Elizabeth Wallace Elizabeth Wallace ... Doris
Sheila Robins Sheila Robins ... Lucy
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Ellen (Patricia Owens) is happily married and very much in love with Jason (Terrence Cooper), but she is being blackmailed by her former husband as their annulment had never gone through. She sets up a complex plan with a hired gunman, Lutcher (Dan Duryea), to kill the ex-husband when he comes for some more money, but the current husband comes in unexpected and Lutcher, not knowing one from the other, kills him. Oops! Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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The 1962 Steve McQueen film - " The War Lover " is showing at the cinema at the start of the film. See more »


The woman Dan Duryea has been following goes into a bar. He's seen from the inside spreading the horizontal bands of a venetian blind to see what's gong on but the blind would be on the inside of the window and he's supposed to be on the outside. See more »

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Dan Duryea on top form in taut thriller
28 May 2015 | by wilvramSee all my reviews

Dan Duryea is Lutcher, an unstable and violent drifter. The good news, which he tells his girlfriend, is that he has a job. The bad news, which he doesn't, is that it is to kill someone. Patricia Owens plays Ellen, the devoted wife of Jason, who is traumatised when Lutcher bursts in and shoots him, and even worse, insistently accuses her of paying him to do it.

This is a gripping and suspenseful thriller that keeps you guessing right to the end. Dan Duryea is at his best, particularly in the scene in the magistrates' court; no matter how unsympathetic his character may be, he can't help but make you smile. Owens is convincing in the difficult role of Ellen, while the unfortunate Jason is Terence Cooper, one of the least known Bonds, in the Sixties' CASINO ROYALE. Canadian born actor Neil McCallum, responsible for the script from a story by New York writer Mann Rubin, as well as playing prosecuting counsel, was shortly to become a household name as one of the stars of the BBC Mafia series, VENDETTA. There's also the perennial plain-clothes officer of British B movies, Trevor Reid, a role he tended to share with the not dissimilar Ballard Berkeley. A poverty row production, maybe, but a compelling and entertaining little film as well.

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Release Date:

30 October 1964 (Sweden) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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