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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk [DVD]

3.9 out of 5 stars 11 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Katherine Kath, Dora Bryan
  • Directors: Herbert Wilcox
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 21 July 2014
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00JKNGSGI
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An outstanding array of screen talent comes together in this compelling courtroom thriller from 1958. Helmed by pioneering producer-director Herbert Wilcox and co-written by legendary crime author and broadcaster Edgar Lustgarten, with a top-flight cast headed by Anthony Quayle and Wilcox s wife and film collaborator Anna Neagle, The Man Who Wouldn t Talk is a story of Cold War intrigue, and of one man s courageous refusal to reveal potentially devastating secret information. The film is presented here in a brand-new digital transfer, in its as-exhibited theatrical aspect ratio.

Dr Frank Smith and Eve arrive from America, apparently on honeymoon. In fact, they have only just met, and their honeymoon is merely a cover for an assignation from Washington; Eve is a secret agent and Smith is a prominent American virologist. They have been instructed to rendezvous at Victoria station with a Hungarian scientist who has vital information about biological warfare which he refuses to disclose to anybody but an American scientist...

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This courtroom drama was made by husband and wife team Herbert Wilcox and Anna Neagle, and Miss Neagle also stars in it as the QC defending an American scientist who has been accused of murder. As a secret agent, he can tell her very little to help with the defence, so she also plays detective to uncover the salient facts. The husband and wife team made numerous solid British movies together, mainly as a showcase for Neagle, and with that in mind this one works very well. She is very credible as a QC, and Wilcox makes sure she looks terrific, with good camera angles and lighting. The opening scene as she walks across a lamp-lit Lincoln's Inn is beautifully conceived and full of atmosphere. She would have been in her fifties in 1958 but looks as beautiful as ever, and moves and dresses with her customary grace and elegance.

However, the film as a whole works less well, due to rather pedestrian overall direction, although there are some wonderful cameo performances by well known character actors, eg, Dora Bryan as the nosey but effervescent switchboard operator, and the incomparable John Le Mesurier (later to achieve fame as the long suffering Sgt Wilson in Dad's Army), who plays the judge, a man who can speak volumes by simply lifting an eyebrow. Sadly, the usually brilliant British actor Anthony Quayle seems to be struggling with a fake American accent, and although Zsa Zsa Gabor is perky and glamorous as the Eastern Bloc love interest, she wasn't much of an actress, and I couldn't help wishing they had used the talented Eva Bartok instead.

To sum up, if you're an Anna Neagle fan, you will probably enjoy this, as I did. Ditto, if you like the nostalgia and atmosphere provided by films of that period. The latter is helped along by a pristine black and white print and the gloriously eccentric character actors of those days.
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NETWORK have provided a very good quality DVD. Clear B/W picture and sound with 1.66Ratio. No extras, but their usual cheap price. Fans of Miss Neagle will I am sure love this. She looks good, but I think I have seen too many episodes of "Law and Order" (U/K and U.S) with gripping courtroom scenes and hard boiled lawyers, and for me this seemed a bit ponderous and not very convincing. I suspect I am in the minority here, so if you like 50's/early 60's British Crime/thrillers/mysteries and you are a fan of Miss Neagle this could just be up your street, but I think I took a wrong turning.
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Excellent print but rather a drab plot. What Zsa Zsa Gabor is doing in this film is beyond me!
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A+ speedy delivery. Lovely old British film. Just as described. Very pleased. Thank you.
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A very average British saved by the acting of Anthony Quayle and Anna Neagle.
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Anna Neagle in a completely different rol;e and the story is quite gripping
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