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Mr. Denning Drives North (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 September 1953 (USA)
A British aircraft engineer accidentally kills his daughter's nasty foreign boyfriend and then tries to cover up his deed.

Director:

Anthony Kimmins

Writers:

Alec Coppel (novel), Alec Coppel (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Mills ... Tom Denning
Phyllis Calvert ... Kay Denning
Eileen Moore ... Liz Denning
Sam Wanamaker ... Chick Eddowes
Herbert Lom ... Mados
Raymond Huntley ... Wright
Russell Waters Russell Waters ... Harry Stoper
Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Woods
Freda Jackson ... Ma Smith
Trader Faulkner ... Ted Smith
Sheila Shand Gibbs Sheila Shand Gibbs ... Matilda
Bernard Lee ... Inspector Dodds
Michael Shepley ... Chairman of Court
Ronald Adam ... Coroner
John Stuart ... Wilson
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When well-off aircraft designer Denning finds his daughter's current boyfriend is a nasty character he tries to buy him off, ending up hitting him and causing his death when he falls. Instead of calling the police he dumps the body in a lonely spot on the road to the North, making it look like a hit-and-run accident. Weeks later there is still no report of the body being found, and Denning starts to go to pieces. When he lets his wife into his secret the two start making enquiries, possibly making things worse. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Asylliptos dolofonos See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The aircraft crashed by Tom Denning (Sir John Mills), G-AITS, was a Miles M14A Hawk Trainer 3. See more »

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The opening credits are spoken, giving just the two main stars and brief supporting cast. The full credits are shown at the end. See more »

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Features The Four Feathers (1939) See more »

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I do like to be beside the seaside
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Written by John Glover Kind
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Solid British noir...
21 November 2009 | by AlsExGalSee all my reviews

...that I remember 27 years after I last saw it anywhere. John Mills plays Mr. Denning the father of a young woman who is seriously dating a mysterious character. Mills investigates his background and doesn't like what he finds, he has an argument with the young man and the fellow falls, hits his head, and dies. Thus Mr. Denning "drives north" into the rural English countryside to dump the body and make the death look like the result of an automobile accident.

Alas for Mr. Denning, nobody seems to notice this guy's absence, not even his daughter, who tells her Dad - shortly after he has accidentally killed the bad boy boyfriend - that he was right all along about her former boyfriend and that she has fallen for an American attorney. Thus, Mr. Denning's interference, fight with the young man, and cover up of his death were all unnecessary in the first place. Past that point I don't remember too many details except that there were several unexpected twists and turns in the plot and that the end could have not happened in an American film in the 1950's due to the production code.

What a shame that we have reality TV as far as the eye can see - and even on DVD - and yet this fine old British noir seems to have disappeared off of the face of the earth.


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