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Dangerous Afternoon (1961)

| Crime, Drama
A boarding house run by a former criminal who's made ammends since she's become paralysed is home to a group of older women - all whom also have criminal pasts. Word soon arrives that a ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Saunders

Writers:

Brandon Fleming (screenplay), Gerald Anstruther (play)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nora Nicholson ... Mrs. Louisa Sprule
Diana Chesney Diana Chesney ... Woman Customer at Chemist
Richard McNeff Richard McNeff ... Mr. Brown, the Chemist
Jan Miller Jan Miller ... Girl Assistant at Chemist
Jackie Noble Jackie Noble ... Maisie
Edna Morris Edna Morris ... Mrs. Millett
Elizabeth Begley Elizabeth Begley ... Mrs. Caldwell
Ruth Dunning ... Miss Letty Frost
May Hallatt ... Miss Burge
Barbara Everest Barbara Everest ... Mrs. Judson
Jerold Wells ... George 'Butch' Birling
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Miss Cassell
James Raglan James Raglan ... Sir Phillip Morstan
Howard Pays Howard Pays ... Jack Loring
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ... Freda
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A boarding house run by a former criminal who's made ammends since she's become paralysed is home to a group of older women - all whom also have criminal pasts. Word soon arrives that a former associate of the ail housemistress is looking for her - with plans of blackmail. Written by Samara S.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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When Freda (Joanna Dunham) is painting, it is quite obvious that there is no paint on the brush she is sweeping across the canvas on which she is supposedly working. See more »

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Who says there are (were) no roles for women?
18 January 2019 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

With the heavy emphasis on strong female characters, this hour long oddity is an example of just how much has been buried and forgotten in British cinema... and that's a shame.

Although most of the drama is filmed in one claustrophobic room, there'are enough moments of eye candy outside, too, especially in the opening scene where dotty Mrs. Sprule (Nora Nicholson) goes thieving down the local chemists.

Typhoo Tea, Golden Shred, a massive sign reminding us top 'keep regular' with Ex-Lax and the YZ' chewing gum machine nailed to the wall, Lyons Maid, and even the Platignum writing sets in the book shop, too. It's all awesome nostalgia for us oldies!

But most of the 'action' is filmed in Primrose Lodge, a 'boarding establishment for ladies'! Elizabeth Begley shines as the wheel-chair bound home owner and is able to do an 'about face' of character with some scary facial agility.

For the men, there's the awesome, doll-faced Joanna Dunham, who plays Freda. to feast your eyes on.

Anyway, this 'B movie' on a budget is a briskly paced yarn about blackmail and murder. The first half is slow enough to introduce us to all the well-crafted characters and the second half zips along nicely as the plot gets underway. The ending is a bit of a let down in my opinion... maybe they ran out of 'reel'!


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