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Emergency (1962)

| Drama | March 1962 (UK)
When a little girl is knocked down it is discovered that there are only three donors of the right blood type to help with a life-saving operation. One is a murderer awaiting execution, one ... See full summary »

Director:

Francis Searle

Writers:

Don Nicholl (screenplay), Jim O'Connolly (screenplay) (as James O'Connelly)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Glyn Houston ... Inspector Harris
Zena Walker ... Joan Bell
Dermot Walsh ... John Bell
Colin Tapley ... Dr. Lloyd
Garard Green Garard Green ... Professor Graham
Anthony Dawes Anthony Dawes ... Sergeant Phillips
Patrick Jordan Patrick Jordan ... Jimmy Regan
Edward Ogden Edward Ogden ... Tommy Day
Helen Forrest Helen Forrest ... Mrs. Day
Sidney Vivian Sidney Vivian ... Shaw
John Boxer John Boxer ... Prison Governor
Laurie Leigh Laurie Leigh
Lynne Cole Lynne Cole
David Lander David Lander
Norman Claridge Norman Claridge
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Storyline

When a little girl is knocked down it is discovered that there are only three donors of the right blood type to help with a life-saving operation. One is a murderer awaiting execution, one an atomic scientist selling secrets, and one an international footballer about to get his hundredth cap. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

March 1962 (UK) See more »

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Butcher's Film Service See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "International" football match shown briefly on the hospital TV set, was actually the famous 1953 F.A. Cup Final between Blackpool (the winners) and Bolton Wanderers. See more »

Goofs

At the Atomic Research Establishment, Inspector Harris is introduced by security chief Mr. James as Superintendent Harris. See more »

Connections

Remake of The Hundred Hour Hunt (1952) See more »

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Cheap remake of the 1952 film Emergency Call
9 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

EMERGENCY is Francis Searle's remake of the 1952 Lewis Gilbert movie EMERGENCY CALL, about the hunt for a rare blood donor and the situations that arise as a result. The identities and sub-plots surrounding the potential donors have been swapped around a bit, but the central thrust of the story is still the same.

EMERGENCY CALL was made by Nettlefold Films and distributed by Butcher's, whereas this cheaper remake is a Butcher's film through and through. The earlier film was middling, I thought, and this remake is invariably worse thanks to a cheapness of budget and general lack of interest in the crucial sub-plots.

What I did like was the wraparound story, which opens with a shocking accident scene and moves into some tense, emotional, hospital bedside stuff. Glyn Houston is a solid choice for the detective lead, and Dermot Walsh and Zena Walker do their best emoting as the distraught parents. The three sub-plots are weaker, though: the footballer one goes nowhere, the criminal one raises a decent moral dilemma but is a bit staged, and only the scientist-on-the-run tale has any interest.


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