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Eight O'Clock Walk (1954)

Taxicab driver Tom Banning is led to an abandoned bomb-site by an eight-year-old girl as an April-fool prank. The girl is later found murdered and Manning is picked up by Scotland Yard for ... See full summary »

Director:

Lance Comfort

Writers:

Jack Roffey (from an original story), Gordon Harboard (from an original story) (as Gordon Harbord) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Attenborough ... Tom Manning
Cathy O'Donnell ... Jill Manning
Derek Farr ... Peter Tanner
Ian Hunter ... Geoffrey Tanner, Q.C.
Maurice Denham ... Horace Clifford
Bruce Seton ... D.C.I.
Harry Welchman Harry Welchman ... Mr. Justice Harrington
Kynaston Reeves Kynaston Reeves ... Mr. Munro
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Mrs. Zunz (as Lilly Kann)
Eithne Dunne Eithne Dunne ... Mrs. Evans
Cheryl Molineaux Cheryl Molineaux ... Irene Evans
Totti Truman Taylor ... Miss Ribden-White
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Mr. Pettigrew
Grace Arnold ... Mrs. Higgs
David Hannaford David Hannaford ... Ernie Higgs
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Taxicab driver Tom Banning is led to an abandoned bomb-site by an eight-year-old girl as an April-fool prank. The girl is later found murdered and Manning is picked up by Scotland Yard for questioning and is later arrested and charged with murder. The trial is scheduled for London's Old Bailey. Manning's wife, Jill, convinced he is innocent, fights for and wins the sympathy of Council-for-the-Defense Peter Tanner, and he is opposed at the trial by his father, prosecuting-attorney Geoffrey Tanner. The trail is presided over by Justice Harrington, whose wife is in the hospital undergoing an operation. It soon becomes evident, following the testimony of prosecution-witness Horace Clifford, that the evidence points to Manning's guilt. During a recess, Peter Tanner sees Clifford outside the courthouse, giving candy to a young girl. Farr identifies the candy as being the same brand as that found on the murdered girl. The judge's wife has died, but the trial resumes with Tanner recalling ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 May 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Aprilmordet See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Actors playing members of the jury differ in separate shots. See more »

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Oranges and Lemons
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Arranged by George Melachrino
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But it's all circumstantial guv!
26 May 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

Eight O'Clock Walk is a solid piece of film making. Well directed (Lance Comfort), well acted (Richard Attenborough/Cathy O'Donnell/Derek Farr/Maurice Denham/Ian Hunter) and neatly photographed (Brendan J. Stafford). Unfortunately the writing, whilst not awful at all, asks some big leaps of faith of the audience.

Plot finds Attenborough as a good guy sort who, through a series of circumstances, is accused of murdering a little girl. As the strain begins to tell on he and his loved ones, it's looking increasingly likely he could well be found guilty.

Pic trundles along to the big courtroom finale with Attenborough superbly getting more stressed with each frame. For fans of court room dramas then this delivers good viewing, the law can often be mad and it's always good to see legal eagles going at each other and to see how they deal with those called to the dock - including a child here. If you can accept the outcome, which if truth be told is never in doubt, then this adds up to being better than a time waster. 6.5/10


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