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directed by Lance Comfort
UK 1949

 

This tense family drama adapted from the successful play ‘The Paragon’ by Michael and Roland Pertwee is an absorbing yarn well knitted together that belies its small budget. Lance Comfort directs snappily and maintains a high level of noirish tension throughout to the climatic ending. There are first-class performances throughout and particularly excellent characterizations from Nigel Patrick as a nasty piece of work. Stephen Murray plays a father who believes his son has died in battle and plans a special memorial service.

Sir Robert Rawley (Stephen Murray) is a wealthy blind man, obsessed with the memory of his dead son who died during WWII; he plans to build a cricket pavilion as a memorial to him – despite objections from Lord Clandon (Seymour Hicks) that it should be dedicated to all those young men that fell in battle. Shortly before the opening service is due to take place, the supposed dead son, Simon (Nigel Patrick), returns during nightfall. Instead of dying in battle, he has deserted the army and become a blackmailer and a murderer but now returns home purportedly to collect some money and start a new life abroad. Angela (Sally Gray), his former wife, is afraid to tell him that she has remarried to Maxwell Oliver (Derek Farr), and when Simon learns this he demands 5,000 to depart.

Excerpt of review from Britmovie located HERE

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Theatrical Release: 1 February 1949 (London)

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DVD Review: Network - Region 2 - PAL

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

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Runtime 1:18:52
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.48 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.

Bitrate

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

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical trailer (2:05)

DVD Release Date: February 16th, 2015
Slim Case

Chapters 12

 

 

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Comments

Network studio's "The British Film" imprint have been a great source for little known UK-produced movies, including British noirs that prove once and for all - film noir cinema was not exclusive to Hollywood studios. We already covered some of their releases, like Circle of Danger, Home at Seven, The Man Who Finally Died and a treasure trove of suspense cinema that is The Edgar Wallace Anthology's All Seven Volumes. Occasionally, they also journeyed to blu-ray territory with Waterfront and Mine Own Executioner or Hitchcock titles, Sabotage and Young and Innocent. Hopefully, more titles will be covered in the near future.

Silent Dust is a work of Lance Comfort (Bang! You're Dead, Eight O'Clock Walk), a prolific director whose noir filmography according to various reference books is in low 20s. There are no big names in the cast that would be immediately recognized by American viewers, but each one give first-rate performances - Stephen Murray (Four Sided Triangle), Nigel Patrick (Sapphire), Sally Gray (Green for Danger, They Made Me a Fugitive), Derek Farr (Murder Without Crime), Beatrice Campbell (Last Holiday), that elevate this small scale drama, adapted from a stage play, to a tense noir thriller. An innovative cinematography by Wilkie Cooper, who would lens Alfred Hitchcock's Stage Fright, found an interesting way to show blind man's memories by inverting blacks and whites (see the first capture), that reminds of nightmare sequences in Blind Alley and its remake, The Dark Past. The atmospheric score is by French composer Georges Auric - It Always Rains on Sunday, Dead of Night, The Innocents, Lola Montes, Rififi, Wages of Fear and many more on both sides of the English Channel.

The new progressive transfer starts with a StudioCanal logo. The overall image looks very good, with very fine contrast and deep black that help to experience the dark cinematography in all its glory. The source materials used for the transfer has its share of specs, lines and cue marks, but they are brief and never intrusive. The mono soundtrack is decent, with no damage or distortion. The film is in PAL format and the single-layered DVD is coded for region 2. There are no subtitles, but the disc has an original theatrical trailer as an extra. Silent Dust is one of the better representations of British noir and the disc from Network is well worth seeking out.

  - Gregory Meshman

 


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