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  • Actors: Oskar Homolka, Muriel Pavlow, Derek Farr, Diana Dors
  • Directors: George King
  • Format: Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Odeon Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Mar. 2008
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011MPHU4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,000 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Desius Heiss is the French-born owner of an antique shop on Sly Corner who bears a grudge against society. His imprisonment and torture on Devil s Island has left the scars of repeated whippings down his back. With little care for the authorities, Heiss has allowed his shop to become a centre of criminal activity and has a secret career as a receiver of stolen goods. His beloved daughter, Margaret, knows nothing of her father s criminal activities. But when the antique shop s assistant, Archie Fellowes (Kenneth Griffith), discovers the trade in stolen goods, he blackmails Heiss. Desperate to keep his criminal activities a secret from his daughter, Heiss decides to silence his blackmailer.

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I expected this movie to be oldfashioned in acting style with an easy plot. Instead it surprised me with a fairly complex plot and some actions by the characters I did not foresee. Most important, I thought the acting style of Homulka was extremely "real," and he did not sound like he was speaking lines. Take yourself back to the 30s --which is what it looked like, even if it is 1947, and enjoy. --imdb.com

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 12 Mar. 2010
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Crime Thriller starring a young and very good-looking Kenneth Griffith, Kathleen Harrison, (who always looked the same - and went on to live to an amazing 103!) and a young and 'unknown' Diana Dors!

'Archie Fellows' works for an Antique Dealer in an Antique Shop. Tired of being the 'lackey', he decides to 'better' himself - but not in the usual honest way - but in a 'sly' and 'devious' one which includes blackmail, having over-heard a conversation.

This is a pretty good movie made just after the War. Viewers will also recognise Katie Johnson in a bit part - better known for her famous role in the Peter Sellers movie: 'The Lady Killers' of the 1950s.

This has not been re-mastered.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Colin Smith TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2011
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The French owner of an antique shop, Desius Heiss, (Oskar Homolka) has become disillusioned with society since his torture as a prisoner on Devil's island, since when he has allowed his shop to become a front for criminal activity, and he himself is a receiver of stolen goods.

His shop assistant, Archie Fellows, (Kenneth Griffith) discovers his secret and starts to blackmail him. Kenneth Griffith puts in a good performance, his sneering and smirking Archie Fellows is a truly detestable character, Oskar Homolka is also good as the quitely suffering Desius Heiss.

Future real-life husband and wife, Derek Farr and Muriel Pavlow also star, with Pavlow playing the part of Margaret, the daughter of Heiss. This movie also features the film debut of Diana Dors as the girlfriend of Fellows, also appearing is one of my favourite actresses - Kathleen Harrison.
This is an enjoyable vintage British crime thriller, well worth a look.

As another reviewer has already mentioned, no restoration work has been performed, but the black and white picture quality is still acceptable, the soundtrack occasionally crackles and pops but the dialogue can still be heard.
A two-page leaflet with brief biographies of the main stars and the director is included, no extras or subtitles.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ténès on 8 April 2014
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This film deserves to be better known, as it has a strong plot, and the developing suspense will keep the viewer closely involved right to the end....
The main player, Oscar Homolka is superb as the owner of the antique shop, as is Johnnie Schofield as the police inspector, but every figure in this film makes a meaningful contribution to its being one that should not be missed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By carol on 8 Dec. 2010
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I love watching these old black/white British films, especially the detective ones.
Diana Dors in her very first role, albeit a small part. Well acted, and the film had good tense moments, kept me guessing a bit,eg. as to if the poison from one of the antiquities would be used on the nasty character in the story? Well was it? You'll have to watch and see.
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This was best known as Diana Dors' first movie. Though she is not in the credits, crowds of her admirers turned out to see it. The plot twists and turns were so surprising, never quite what I guessed might have happened. I thought Archie was going to murder the shopkeeper (Oscar Holmolka) when he first sneaked down into the dark cellar. Holmolka's performance is very realistic rather than a costumed caricature. Diana Dors steals the show with her nasty wiggle walk through about four scenes and less than 10 minutes of film. Only one bizarre plot hole: Why did Holmolka ride in the car to help hide Archie's body? Surely after all that effort to keep his secrets from being exposed to his daughter by the blackmailer, he would have stayed home so no one would have seen him out in the bushes where they went.
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