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Eyewitness (1956)

When she has a fight, with her husband, Lucy runs out of the house, and into a night of terror. She heads for the local cinema, and in doing so, becomes the only eyewitness to a couple of ... See full summary »

Director:

Muriel Box

Writers:

Janet Green (original story), Janet Green (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sinden ... Wade
Muriel Pavlow ... Lucy Church
Belinda Lee ... Nurse Penny Gladstone
Michael Craig ... Jay Church
Nigel Stock ... Barney
Susan Beaumont Susan Beaumont ... Probationary Nurse
David Knight ... Mike
Ada Reeve ... Mrs. Hudson
Avice Landone ... Night Sister
Richard Wattis ... Anesthetist
George Woodbridge ... Hospital Security Man
Gillian Harrison Gillian Harrison ... Molly
Nicholas Parsons Nicholas Parsons ... House Surgeon
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Henry Cammon
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Mrs. Hays
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When she has a fight, with her husband, Lucy runs out of the house, and into a night of terror. She heads for the local cinema, and in doing so, becomes the only eyewitness to a couple of crooks, who are robbing the cinema's safe. In her haste to escape the thieves, she is knocked down by a passing bus, and is taken to the local hospital. The two crooks follow, and wait for a chance to finish her off, and thus eliminate the only person who can tie them to the robbery. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1957 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Det vidne må dø See more »

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Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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The part of Jay was offered to Dirk Bogarde. See more »

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References The Rose Tattoo (1955) See more »

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Film an underrated gem
25 November 2012 | by GlLeeSee all my reviews

Only those of a certain age appreciate good character acting and dry wit, apparently, because that is what we have in this underrated classic British thriller. While there are a few chance coincidences, the film manages to keep the viewer guessing at the next turn while supplying a very amusing counterpoint of character acting, notably Ada Reeves playing the elderly patient Mrs. Hudson who sees "whole tribes of men skulking about outside the French doors" and is never believed.

I also credit the way the elderly woman patient's dialogue is staged to _Eye Witness's_ director Muriel Box, who the next year (1957) directed _The Truth about Women_, starring Lawrence Harvey and Julie Harris. The viewer may be baffled by some of the comings and goings inside and outside this general hospital (modern in design for its day) but there is nothing amateur about the staged activity. On the contrary, the skillful use of minor characters and near-misses of criminal and pursuers helps to build the tensions, rather than diminishing them.

At its outset, this film shows the realities of life in 1950s England where television ownership was a heady business that was not to be entered into lightly. The whole issue of buying on credit is what sets the initial plot and the first disturbance (the eye-witnessing of a crime)in motion. I recommend this film highly. It is one of those good finds for a Sunday afternoon's viewing.


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