I was too young to appreciate the sexiness of Diana Dors in her prime. Luckily there are a few films on DVD to let us see just how seductive she could be. This is certainly one of them.
The film begins with one brother (George Baker) on the run, in debt, from the type of bookies who break your legs if you don't pay up. He goes to his brother. This brother (Terence Morgan) just happens to be fiddling his firm's books to pay for all the money he is spending on Calico - what a wonderful name - played by Diana Dors. Sure enough, Calico seduces Baker, and comes up with a plan for Morgan to rob his employer. - It all goes horribly wrong of course.
Dors really is sizzling in this, even though she isn't actually on screen for that much time. The first view we have of her is bending over, in tight shorts, on an outside terrace. Her acting is top notch too.
The story builds up a good degree of tension; we don't know actually how this is all going to end. And all this is set against the background of an industrial town in the North of England. There is a good deal of location filming and the story is enacted against a backcloth of steelworks, smog, factory chimneys, and railways (some wonderful shots of steam locos for railway enthusiasts). It came as no great surprise to see that the cinematogapher was the great Douglas Slocombe, who can make the most mundane of settings look magical.
We get a good story, well acted, here.
But we also get a view of a time when our great Northern towns and cities were real, working, places, alive with industry (there are great shots filmed right inside the steelworks, and the network of railway lines feeding it), where people clock in to work, live in tiny rooms, and the roads are as yet unclogged by traffic.
The transfer and picture quality are generally good.
A strong recommendation for this one.