- Actors: Christina Gregg, Cyril Raymond
- Directors: Pat Jackson
- Format: Dolby, PAL
- Language: English
- Region: All Regions
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 12
- Studio: Odeon Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: 24 Sept. 2007
- Run Time: 65 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B000UBSUME
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,651 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
Don't Talk To Strange Men [DVD]
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A young girl accepts a lift home from a stranger. Moments later she lies dead; another victim of the murderer who is targeting young, impressionable women. Whilst Christina (Jean Painter) is waiting for a bus on a deserted country lane she answers the ringing telephone in the public callbox. Although it is a wrong number she begins to chat with the charming stranger and is attracted to his seductive voice. Imagining a romantic, schoolgirl schoolgirl dalliance, Christina calls herself Samantha and arranges for the man to call her at the callbox the next night. Scared for her safety, Christina s parents forbid her and her younger sister to go out alone at night whilst the murderer is still at large. But Christina continues her dalliances with her romantic stranger and arranges to meet him on a dark and lonely night at the callbox
Top customer reviews
The film was superbly directed by Pat Jackson. It was shot in black and white which adds to it's atmosphere. What makes the film so enjoyable are the earie locations particually the deserted county lane when the bus stop and callbox are. There are some great moments of suspence which I won't spoil for you, all I can say it would give Hitchcock a run for his money. Look out for Dandy Nichols (Till death Us Do Part)as the bus conductor.
The Best Of British collection is releasing so rare gems. The film is presented in fullscreen. The print is quite good - don't be put of by the appalling quality of the opening credits the print does improve. My only gripe is the lack of special features. We could have done with a commentary track by some of the actors or a making of doccumentary. Still at less than £10 you can't go wrong.
Despite its village setting and slightly `twee' view of rural family life, the film still manages to build up a memorable atmosphere of danger and dread, as the (uncredited) voice on the phone sweet-talks the impressionable Gregg over the telephone, and especially later on, when the younger Faye is confronted by the killer on a lonely country road (however, despite the film being a triumph of style over substance, it still doesn't solve the problem that there is a gaping plot hole at the centre of the film; when Gregg first answers the telephone to the madman in the call box, who was he trying to ring? Was he randomly ringing call boxes in the hope that someone would pick up, or was he trying to sort out his motor insurance or something, and got through to her by accident?).
Annoyingly, my only real gripe with distributor Odeon Entertainment's otherwise very welcome edition of this film is that they have chosen not to include a second movie on the DVD in the interest of providing value for money, as they have with several of their other recent releases; it is especially irritating in this case because a natural co-feature for Don't Talk to Strange Men would have been Alfred Shaughnessy's excellent 1961 Bryanston chiller The Impersonator, which was instead illogically paired up with the barely adequate A Time to Kill (1955) for its own Odeon DVD release.
This film had only been shown about twice in 40 years on British television.
For what was only a supporting feature in it's November '62 release,it is somehow one of those chillers you always somehow remember-similar to CASH ON DEMAND.
It is quite riveting-full of period location footage: G.P.O. telephone kiosk and the routemaster bus.A rare gem indeed to be released from Bryanston Films.
The settings are perfect, Jean and her family live in some idyllic country village, the phone box and bus stop that houses the verbal "grooming" is at the junction of two pretty country lanes, and even the pub where Jean goes to help out is the kind of petite "off the beaten track" variety. It's these locations that give off a false sense of security, a normality of easy going life where nothing can go wrong..... But as we know all too well these days, nowhere is safe and parents constantly live in fear for their children. With that, Don't Talk to Strange Men is something of a film ahead of its time, substitute naive Jean's phone box "relationship" with that of today's Internet groomers of youngsters, and, well, you get my point I'm sure.
Neatly directed by Pat Jackson (The Feminine Touch), the film is structured in such a way that we the audience get fretful as each day, and each phone conversation, passes. Where once was this attractive young lady framed by countryside and the old fashioned value of the red phone box, now is replaced by surroundings that are too quiet and a big red beacon of impending doom! It's an astute turning of the table, a testament to good writing and excellent directional pacing. And how nice to report that the ending, too, has something up its sleeve to reveal. The cast is minimal but very effective, with Gregg doing well to convince us of her love yearning naivety, Dandy Nicholls (Hue & Cry) memorable (wasn't she always?) as the wise bus conductor and Janina Faye (The Horror of Dracula) stealing the film as Jean's younger, politico activist in waiting, sister.
A lesson in how to get the maximum unease from such a simple premise, Don't Talk to Strange Men comes highly recommended. 8/10