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Yield To The Night [DVD] [1956]

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  • Actors: Diana Dors, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig, Geoffrey Keen, Olga Lindo
  • Directors: J. Lee Thompson
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jan. 2008
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000Z63Z5Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Diana Dors vehicle, based on the real-life case of Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain. Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) is a condemned murderess about to face the hangman's noose. As she awaits the sentence, she relives the series of events that have brought her to this situation. Abused by men all her life, she thinks she's finally met the right man, only to discover that he too has been taking advantage of her. Finally reaching breaking point, she exacts deadly revenge on her husband's mistress.

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56 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Parkie on 17 Nov. 2008
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This must surely be one of the best British films of the 1950s, if not of all time. Often mistakenly described as either the story of, or based on the story of Ruth Ellis, "Yield to the Night" was already in production when Mrs Ellis shot her lover. This powerful film never preaches or moralises at it's audience. It's strength is in it's depiction of a human being in extraordinary circumstances facing up to both the past and the ever shortening future.

Diana Dors' performance must have been a revelation to a public who knew and adored her as a glamorous star who retained her girl next door quality. Her portrayal of Mary Hilton is astonishing for any actress, let alone one predominantly known for light comedies. The use of flashbacks to Mary's life before her crime opens the way for Miss Dors to vividly depict the change in her character, thus making the prison scenes even more affecting. In these scenes she shows her absolute command of film acting by carrying whole scenes acting purely with her eyes. The scene with the Governess and the letter is almost painful to watch thanks to this ability. The contrast between Mary's deceptively still moments and the accompanying voice over of her anguished thoughts is riveting.

As other reviewers have said, special mention has to go to that unsung great of British cinema, Yvonne Mitchell. Her gentle prison guard who cautiously befriends Mary is a delicate counterpoint to the bleak regime. Her character is an emotional prisoner, almost ironically condemned by domestic circumstances to a life with little purpose or meaning. Apart from the prison visitor, a delightful performance from the wonderful Athene Sayler, she is just about the only genuinely unselfish person in Mary's life.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By FAMOUS NAME VINE VOICE on 15 Sept. 2008
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Diana Dors' most prominent film - and the one most consider as the peak of her career.

This exceptionally good British movie - sometimes unsettling, is about a woman who's sentenced to be hanged for murder, but could get a reprieve. This film gives a great insight as to what it must be like to be awaiting such a sentence and possible decision, and would serve a good show for those who still believe in Capital Punishment. Diana Dors is outstanding as the woman whose fate hangs in the balance (no pun intended), and there's a stalwart performance from the striking and great actress Yvonne Mitchell who plays one of the Prison Officers. Mitchell's character appears to be matter-of-fact and emotionless, but even she is melted by the prisoner's awaiting fate.

With a great story and a fabulous cast this film could not go wrong, but will always earn Dors the recognition she truly deserves. It does go to prove however, that those who worked in such a profession when Capital Punishment was the ruling, could not have been human beings to have handled this type of thing and not be deeply affected by it. It's only a film, yet I still find it disturbing and difficult to watch...
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Saturnicus VINE VOICE on 20 Sept. 2008
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The very lovely Diana Dors gives an outstanding performance as a murderess on death row awaiting a reprieve. An all star cast of yesteryear support her in this profound drama as we are taken through flashbacks and feel her every emotion.
Contrary to other films of a similar genre, the prison staff feel her distress along with her and there are none of the usual bad eggs in the basket.
It is undoubtedly one of the most moving films I have watched ever. I am not prone to tears when watching films, but this one had me welling up.
Outstanding cinematography and direction.
We miss you Diana - always smiling - always lovely. God bless You.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By P. Smith on 6 Jun. 2011
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Whenever I saw Diana Dors interviewed on TV, she frequently referred with great pride to "Yield to tne Night" - and justly so. She was Britain's "blonde bombshell" answer to Marilyn Monroe and the public tended to think of her as just a glamour-puss, with her sultry lips, peroxided hair and curvy body - and probably viewed her just as the stereotypical empty-head. Most of her films didn't give her a chance to break the mould she had been poured into.

However, cast as Mary Hilton, a murderess condemned to to hanged in "Yield to the Night", Diana Dors proved beyond all doubt that she was an actress of great sensitivity and phenominal talent. In part of the film (the flash-backs) she played the usual sexy, glamorous vamp part, but in the major part of the film her clinging dresses were replaced by a shapeless prison uniform, her hair was scraped back into a scraggy pony-tail, and her face appeared to be devoid of make-up but, nevertheless, she did not flinch from unflattering close-ups.

The fact that the film was shot entirely in black and white (as many of the films of the 1950s were), helps to underline the helplessness of Mary Hilton as she waits for reprieve in her dismal cell with its bare, shiny, painted brick walls, incessantly glaring overhead light and door with no handle. Mary Hilton never shows any remorse for what she has done (she has killed a woman in cold blood - the culmination of an "eternal triangle" situation) but, even so, Dors creates very sympathetic and vulnerable character so that one finds oneself hoping that the footsteps of the prison Governor approaching down the corridor outside are bringing news of a reprieve from the Home Secretary.
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