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Nowhere to Go (1958)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 March 1959 (USA)
In London, a Canadian serving prison time for grand theft escapes prison and attempts to retrieve his loot, kept in a bank safety deposit box, but his accomplice takes the security key while he only has the pass code.

Directors:

Seth Holt, Basil Dearden (uncredited)

Writers:

Donald MacKenzie (novel), Seth Holt (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George Nader ... Paul Gregory
Maggie Smith ... Bridget Howard
Bernard Lee ... Victor Sloane, alias Lee Henderson
Geoffrey Keen ... Inspector Scott
Bessie Love ... Harriet P. Jefferson
Harry H. Corbett ... Danny Sullivan (as Harry Corbett)
Andree Melly ... Rosa - Cocktail waitress
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Storyline

Paul Gregory is sprung from jail in London by his accomplice after getting a stretch as expected for robbing a woman who falls for his charms. Only he knows how to get to the money, but his partner is getting greedy and as things turn sour Gregory finds that home in Canada is a long way away. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Too "Hot" for the Underworld! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 March 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brott lönar sig inte See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$468,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Films See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2 : 1
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Trivia

Normally hairy-chested George Nader was forced to buff his torso for the bathtub sequence. See more »

Goofs

When Paul Gregory looks down on the farmhouse from the hillside shelter, the sun shines directly on his face. However, the shadows at the front of the house indicate that the sun's position is different. See more »

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References Giant (1956) See more »

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The Best Laid Plans
10 September 2009 | by howdymaxSee all my reviews

This is an offering from Michael Balcon at Ealing Studios which was probably not one of the premier British studios. That is one reason I was so surprised at the quality of the story and the production values. It was made during a period where the Brits tended to imitate most things American. The cars, the clothes, the movies, even the music. And then came Carnaby Street and the Beatles.

The story revolves around a American thief in London, played by George Nader, who was probably at the nadir of his career. I checked his credits and about this time he drifted into TV and then on to Germany and the rest of Europe, keeping busy in forgettable movies. His performance in this movie was low key, but really slick. He plays a professional who cons an old lady out of a valuable coin collection and spends the rest of the movie trying to cash it in and split. One by one his shady friends turn on him until he ends up a hunted man ducking for cover at every turn. He is eventually forced to rely on a virtual stranger he meets accidentally. She is played by a young and very interesting Maggie Smith. In fact I didn't even recognize her until the credits rolled.

This story was well written. Tight and tense. The performances were top notch, and the atmosphere had a very noir feel to it, even though a lot of it was shot in daylight. I don't know why George Nader's star waned. You couldn't predict it from his performance here.


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