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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk [DVD]
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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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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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Taunt with plenty of suspense . I just love the old Hollywood movies as a child I saw so many of them with my parents on Saturdays and Sunday wet and rainy afternoons.Published on 8 Oct. 2014 by Peter Davies