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Murder Will Out (1952)

The Voice of Merrill (original title)
The story of four people directly and indirectly involved with the murder of a female blackmailer. The three male suspects are the girl's publisher employer; an up-and-coming writer (Edward... See full summary »

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John Gilling

Writers:

John Gilling (screenplay), Terence Austin (based on an original story by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Valerie Hobson ... Alycia
Edward Underdown Edward Underdown ... Hugh
James Robertson Justice ... Jonathan
Henry Kendall ... Parker
Garry Marsh ... Inspector Thornton
Daniel Wherry Daniel Wherry ... Pierce
Sam Kydd ... Sgt. Baker
Daphne Newton Daphne Newton ... Miss Quinn
Ian Fleming ... Dr. Forrest
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Night Porter
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The story of four people directly and indirectly involved with the murder of a female blackmailer. The three male suspects are the girl's publisher employer; an up-and-coming writer (Edward Underdown); a brillant established writer (James Robertson Justice) who is an intellectual snob who disdains everything and everybody; and his wife (Valerie Hobson.) The latter meets the struggling writer and, propelled by her loveless marriage, falls in love with him and helps him with his ascending career, with the unwitting aid of her ailing husband. Meanwhile, the police are still investigating the murder. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Two drops is life...four drops is murder!

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Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Murder Will Out See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Tempean Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Inspector Thornton: Did you meet any friends?
Jonathan Roche: My friends are out of London.
Inspector Thornton: All of them?
Jonathan Roche: Both of them!
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Watchable but unmemorable, and impractically plotted.
25 September 2016 | by moriczmusicSee all my reviews

This is a film populated with unlikable people — we can't even fully sympathize with Hugh(Edward Underdown) because he is too weak to resist a particular professional temptation — he clearly possesses SOME principles about this, but allows himself to be steamrollered in a fashion that strains credibility. James Robertson Justice's performance delivers a little fun, and his jaded character at least comes off more believably than anyone else's except perhaps his butler's. Valerie Hobson plays what is probably the single most unsympathetic role of her entire career, seemingly without fully realizing it. This film walks a rather uncertain wobbly line between noir and an awkward romantic story. In neither category does it "land" with any conviction, despite the calibre of the actors involved.

While I didn't like anyone in the story and the entire proceeding feels highly incredible in every detail, I suppose it's still entertaining enough for one viewing if you've nothing better to do. It's a not unpleasant little diversion, attractively made but with little distinction to the story it is telling.


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