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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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Storyline

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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Edge-of-the-seat, swift moving, action packed thriller ! See more »


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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 Mr. Denning (Sir John Mills) used to search for the group of gypsies was a Miles Gemini Mk1A. It survived until November 5, 1966, when it was burned on a Guy Fawkes night bonfire. 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
Played on a record player by the mortuary attendant and heard as a theme over the end credits
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First rate murder mystery
21 November 2004 | by trpdeanSee all my reviews

Perhaps it's in part because the acting is so fine - playing characters we like, yet in a very unsavory situation - this movie stays with me these 20 or so years since I saw it on television.

This is also one of the relatively few movies before the late 1950s that I can recall that really (purport to) go out into the British countryside: The Clouded Yellow is another example - and a similar style of movie to this (and also very good). Aside from these, I can think of only the Scottish scenes in The 39 Steps, I Know Where I'm Going, How Green Was My Valley, The Stars Look Down. (Suddenly in the late 1950s/1960s, British movies exploded out of London and went a-venturing - in such as This Sporting Life, Look Back in Anger, Tunes of Glory, A Kind of Loving, Room at the Top, Billy Liar, Whistle Down the Wind, The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Becket, The Lion in Winter, Saturday Night and Sunday Morning, Tom Jones, Get Carter, Alfie).

Like The Clouded Yellow, this is the kind of movie patented by Hitchcock - filled with psychological suspense, fast moving plot, attractive actors, physical danger, significant looks, deception.

I've never seen a video or DVD available - but it's definitely worthwhile seeing it if you get the chance (perhaps on television).


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