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on 23 March 2011
I can't understand why so many people seem to hate this film. Of course, what one person likes another might not like. But the ratings on IMDb seem to belong to another movie.

"Tall headlines" is about a family, of which the eldest son Ronnie has been hanged for murder. What follows is how this affects the lives of the other members of the family. They move away from their hometown to start a new life elsewhere, even changing their name in trying to hide their dark secret, thinking people might brand them if they would know they were related to the killer that filled the newspaper headlines for months.

It turns out the past can't be locked away in a corner of the mind, and soon all members of the family, except for perhaps the mother (brilliantly played by Flora Robson), become emotionally stressed and turn out not to be any better than the people whom they thought would brand them, when they display major, unfounded prejudices towards the girlfriend of the son Philip.

A conclusion of the film is, that often that what we think other people think of us, is a product of our own minds.

A great film, recommended to anyone who likes good (psycological) drama. The transfer on the DVD is not the best you've ever seen, but very acceptable. A better version we'll probably never see because it doesn't excist.
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on 3 March 2011
I had personal reasons for wanting to buy this DVD so the quality of the film was irrelevant to me. I was delighted that Odeon had produced it and Amazon was selling it. I had been looking for it for about 40 years.
Anyway, the film itself is a rarity but if anyone thinks that this is a lost classic - think again.
Could be the worst British film ever made. As a small point of interest Sid James makes an appearance but blink and you'll miss him.
Another small point of interest, although the film is slated in IMDB I think they comment that the director went on to win an Oscar (for another film of course)
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on 17 August 2013
An interesting film seen in my youth,but it is amazing how my memory has faded over the years. One of those examples of life in
a different era which brings back memories.
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on 9 June 2017
A decent little British Crime drama with a very nice cast .
I bought this to add to my 'Sid James' collection since he's supposed to be in it , but I've watched it twice to find him and couldn't see him at all !
An early cameo from 'Joan Hickson' as a surly waitress was amusing .
Straightforward transfer from 'Odeon Entertainment' , not remastered but with an interesting booklet (which is a nice standard feature of their releases).
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VINE VOICETOP 100 REVIEWERon 18 November 2008
Tall Headlines is a slow moving character study made in 1951 and filmed at the Nettlefold Studios and on location including at Saltdene.
The sombre mood perhaps reflects the mood after WWII and yet this was a time when the country was focused on renewing itself through such projects as the Festival of Britain. The film is interesting for its image of family life and yet one hopes that the dominant father played by Andre Morell was not a feature of every home. Flora Robson plays the mother and is well case opposite Morell.
The cast is good with many well known names but interestingly most are theatre rather than film actors (often the case when appearing in a feature was fitted in between weekly Rep, provincial tours or West End plays). The only thing that stretches belief is the casting of the children as surely both Michael Denison and Jane Hylton were far too old to be still receiving parental guidance. Look out for prolific small part actress Marianne Stone at the dentists. Dennis Price a big name at the time once more features in a relatively small role as does Mervyn Johns (both well known to filmgoers).
However, this is a rare entry to Odeon Entertainment DVDs and will no doubt find favour with film collectors. The print and sound are clear and the original distributor was Grand National.
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on 15 September 2015
It's a DVD, which I chose, it either works or doesn't. It worked.
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