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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent British B-movie thriller
Based on a story by Michael Halliday (John Creasey - "Gideon's Way") and produced, written & directed by Paul Rotha, this is an unspectacular but decent little B-movie thriller. Produced by Anvil Films, this 1958 movie is a morose tale of blackmail & suspicion which occasionally manages to provide the odd moment of mild suspense. If there is a bit of a documentary feel to...
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2.0 out of 5 stars NO ACTING PLEASE - WE'RE BRITISH
As a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kid, films like "Cat and Mouse" were part of my staple diet of low-budget B&W fillers at the local ABC Regal, and a good number of those fillers from the 1950s featured Canadian actor Lee Patterson, an efficient, likeable actor with a strong screen presence and a certain ruggedness not found in native British actors. He works hard to...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent British B-movie thriller, 4 Sep 2012
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Colin Smith "keep on running" (England) - See all my reviews
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Based on a story by Michael Halliday (John Creasey - "Gideon's Way") and produced, written & directed by Paul Rotha, this is an unspectacular but decent little B-movie thriller. Produced by Anvil Films, this 1958 movie is a morose tale of blackmail & suspicion which occasionally manages to provide the odd moment of mild suspense. If there is a bit of a documentary feel to proceedings, look no further than the influence of Rotha's early British documentary pedigree.

Ann Coltby (Ann Sears) is the daughter of a convicted & executed killer. The unfortunate Ms Coltby finds herself at the mercy of blackmailer, Mr Scruby (Hilton Edwards) who is desperate to lay his hands on the diamonds stolen by Ann's father. While believing she has killed her blackmailer, in steps Rod Fenner (Lee Patterson). Revolving around a mostly domestic setting, what follows is a mostly dialogue-driven psychological drama (hence the "Cat and Mouse" title) with the odd twist in the script, with Fenner holding Ms Coltby against her will while pursuing his own agenda.

Vancouver-born Lee Patterson was a familiar staple of many British B-movies of the era, and he certainly looks the archetypal 50's villian here, a brooding & brash presence....an imposing figure, sporting a black leather bomber jacket & carefully coiffered barnet (definitely NOT the type you would want to meet up a dark alley!) - a good performance. In a relatively brief but effective appearance, the ever-reliable Victor Maddern stars as the detective attempting to piece together the case. The performances are OK but IMHO this is Patterson's movie. For fans of vintage British B-movies I would say this is worth a look. The remastered black & white picture quality on this Renown release is good, there are no extras or subtitles.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NO ACTING PLEASE - WE'RE BRITISH, 28 July 2012
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As a Saturday-afternoon-at-the-movies kid, films like "Cat and Mouse" were part of my staple diet of low-budget B&W fillers at the local ABC Regal, and a good number of those fillers from the 1950s featured Canadian actor Lee Patterson, an efficient, likeable actor with a strong screen presence and a certain ruggedness not found in native British actors. He works hard to inject some life into this buttoned-up British effort and is just about the only reason for watching this effort, so bad it's almost good, largely due to the non-performance of leading lady Ann Sears. She looks like a young Maggie Smith but her immobile features and cut-glass English vary not a whit whether she's asking the conductor for a "sixpenny one" on a bus or being roughed up by Lee Patterson. I suppose this does give the film the "offbeat" description quoted on the DVD box, but the dialogue is horribly reminiscent of Victoria Wood's "Brief Encounter" spoof. Not even the redoubtable Victor Maddern's Supt Harding can breathe much life into his scenes.

That said, I LOVED every nostalgic minute of this film. Pattersons's worth watching and the restoration is superb, although strange flickering parallel lines appear occasionly. As an example of British quota movies of the era, it's probably all too accurate.

Spoiler Alert - if you care: When Lee Patterson's knife-wielding crook is surrounded by police, the scene simply ends with a slow fade. In the following scene, Supt Harding's arm is in a sling, so I can only assume that the one bit of serious action in the film was edited out for some reason. Waking the audience, perhaps?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lee Patterson doing his bit to frighten Ann Sears..., 30 Aug 2012
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C. FULLER (Brixham, United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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"Cat and Mouse" does have a documentary feel about it and the location filming is interesting including the ride on the bus and little Nibby. Lee Patterson is his usual reliable self and if you were around in the late 1950s then he did seem to pop up in many supporting features. There is edginess to the film that adds to the tension. Ann Sears is excellent as the girl held against her will and that great character actor Victor Maddern plays the detective. All round a most welcome release from Renown.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 14 July 2014
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Good as usual
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