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directed by J. Lee Thompson
UK 1950

 

Slick noirish thriller atmospherically directed by J. Lee Thompson and adapted from his successful West End play “Double Error”. As one would expect the story is fairly stagebound with much of the action confined to the flat of Derek Farr, echoes of Hitchcock’s “Rope”, and despite an annoying pseudo-American narrator and a plot which stretches the bounds of credibility, the psychological duel between guilt-ridden tenant and duplicitous landlord makes this modestly-budgeted film eminently watchable.

Following a bitter row, author Stephen Holt (Derek Farr) walks out on his wife Jan (Patricia Plunkett) and goes to drown his sorrows at the Tenerife Club. Steve drinks heavily and ends up returning home with the club’s manipulative hostess, Grena (Joan Dowling). Just then Jan calls, and declares she’s returning to that flat that night. Steve attempts to quickly usher Grena out of the door, but a fight ensues and he believes he’s killed her. He quickly hides the body in an ottoman.

Excerpt of review from Britmovie located HERE

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Theatrical Release: October 1950 (UK)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:13:12
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1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.98 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.

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Audio Dolby Digital Mono 2.0
Subtitles None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Network

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

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DVD Release Date: August 26th, 2013
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Chapters 11

 

Comments

Murder Without Crime is a charming British thriller with ironic twists and turns worthy of the best episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents series. Dennis Price and Derek Farr turn in excellent performances in the duel of wits with support by brunette Patricia Plunkett and blonde Joan Dowling. The film was a feature debut of J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, the original Cape Fear) that he based on his own play Double Error. It was filmed in 1937 as The Price of Folly. The theatrical origin of the story provides a bit of claustrophobia bound to only 2-3 locations, but adds noir atmosphere to the film.

 

In region 1, Murder Without Crime was available on unauthorized DVD from Televista that is now out-of-print. Network's region 2 release is authorized and is sourced from StudioCanal restoration. The credit sequence is soft and weak, but the image stabilizes as the film proper begins, with very little damage on the print, good contrast and solid blacks. The mono audio is decent, with no damage. There are no extras, not even a trailer or a photo gallery. This is another good presentation of a British noir released by Network in their "The British Film" line.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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