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An entertaining crime drama based on a true story
on 13 September 2011
Based on a true story, the movie opens with the court case, with the life and crimes of Victorian criminal Charles Peace revealed in flashback.
Living in the Sheffield area with his wife, daughter and young son, picture-frame maker Peace is to all outward appearances an innocuous looking little man, who sees himself as the life and soul of the party down the pub. But appearances can be deceptive, as the distinctly unattractive Peace reveals a very dark side, charming his neighbour's wife (would you believe!) before eventually commiting his heinous crimes and going on the run, with wanted posters offering a 100 pound reward issued. The occasional background narration brings a slight documentary feel to proceedings.
Made up of a mostly obscure cast, probably the most familiar face is that of Will Hay regular Peter Gawthorne as the Judge. Michael Martin-Harvey puts in an effective performance, his portrayal of the murderous Charles Peace held my attention, (the movie blurb on the back of the DVD case is correct) with solid support offered by the rest of the cast. This low-budget movie is directed at an agreeable pace by Norman Lee, with a nice feel for the period.
Made at the Merton Park studios, this is an interesting and entertaining little crime drama from 1948. Both the black and white picture and sound quality on this digitally remastered Renown release are good (especially the picture). There are no extras or subtitles.