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The Deadliest Sin (1955)

Confession (original title)
A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

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Ken Hughes

Writers:

Ken Hughes (screenplay), Don Martin (original story)
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Cast

Credited cast:
Sydney Chaplin ... Mike Nelson
Audrey Dalton ... Louise Nelson
Jefferson Clifford Jefferson Clifford ... Pop Nelson
John Bentley John Bentley ... Detective Inspector Kessler
Robert Raglan ... Superintendent Beckman
Pat McGrath Pat McGrath ... Detective Sergeant Williams
Peter Hammond ... Alan Pool
Betty Woolfe Betty Woolfe ... Mrs. Pool
John Welsh ... Father Neil
Richard Huggett Richard Huggett ... Young priest
Patrick Allen ... Corey
Dorinda Stevens ... Blonde
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... The Business Man
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Percy Herbert ... Barman
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A falling-out between thieves over the proceeds of a stickup results in several killings and a priest being marked for murder because of a confession he heard from one of the gang members.

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The Door Past Which No Law Could Go See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1956 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Budget:

GBP22,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Filmed in 1954. See more »

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Featured in Trailer Cinema (1992) See more »

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Music by Denis Rycoth (i.e. Sidney Torch)
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A great thriller on a small scale with an intricate conundrum touching the absolute obligation of silence
7 June 2018 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

There are some great moments in this film, and they always come with a vengeance as a surprise. Perhaps the greatest titbit is the parenthesis with the blonde in the bar, a special treat and a delightful change of scenery, which otherwise throughout the film is rather grey and stale.

It all happens in a small town in England, where a lost son is coming home to his crippled father in a wheelchair and his sister with a boyfriend, who is an architect. Nothing ever happens in this town of Tunbridge, but on the arrival of this prodigal son, whom no one knows what he has been up to in America, there are two murders in two days. He has not committed the first one, and there are no witnessaes to the second. However, the springing point in this film is the confession which introduces the film, in which the architect, a catholic, makes a confession to a priest, and the priest, who knows all, must not on any circumstances reveal the confession, That's the law of the church. So the police, who knows that the priest knows, is in a predicament.

The sweety pie in the bar is Dorinda Stevens, whom you never have seen in any other film, while she is very much like Carolyn Jones in "Shield for Murder" the year before - the scene is almost copied, but here the soft Dorinda brings Sidney Chaplin home.

Although a sorry story, it's an interesting development of it with a grand Hitchcockian finale in church worth waiting for. Sidney Chaplin sustains his difficult and extremely revolting character to the end and at least makes a great act of it. Pity that young Englishmen should go to America to learn such bad manners.


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