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(aka "8 O'Clock Walk" )


directed by Lance Comfort
UK 1954


Tepid courtroom drama based on a true story, and concerning a London taxi-driver implicated in the murder of a young girl. Richard Attenborough is excellent as the innocent man caught in the wheels of justice and looks suitably harassed, but he’s been through it all before having faced the rope in London Belongs to Me and no matter how damning the evidence, Attenborough character is too wholesome to be believed guilty of murder. Cathy O’Donnell is very sympathetic as his young wife and Derek Farr and Ian Hunter ooze authority as the rival father and son counsels on the case.

Whilst walking to work, London taxi driver Tom Manning (Richard Attenborough) is the victim of an April Fool’s trick by a schoolgirl Irene Evan’s, and is seen playfully chasing her across a bomb site. When the girl’s murdered body is later discovered, witnesses and circumstantial evidence lead the police to arrest Manning for the girl’s murder.

Excerpt of review from Britmovie located HERE


Theatrical Release: 16 March 1954 (London)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:24:57

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.2 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Dolby Digital Mono (English)
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Original Theatrical Trailer (2:13)
• Image Gallery (posters, stills) (0:28)
• Promotional press release in pdf

DVD Release Date: November 4th, 2013

Chapters 12



Eight O'Clock Walk is a very solid courtroom drama with Richard
Attenborough giving a very strong performance as a young taxi driver accused of murdering a little girl. One of our favorite noir beauties, Cathy O'Donnell plays his dedicated fiancée (the usual for British films explanation is given for her American accent - she is Canadian). Derek Farr (Bang, You're Dead) plays a lawyer hired to defend the accused.


Like many of these Network releases in The British Film series, the transfer was done by StudioCanal and it looks very good. There is some damage (as in capture 7), but those frames are very few and most of the time the quality is excellent, with very good grain that is never intrusive. The mono soundtrack is good with no damage. There are a few extras - a theatrical trailer, image gallery and a 1-page promotional press release in a pdf file. A very solid release and a highly recommended title.

  - Gregory Meshman


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