Dangerous Afternoon (1961)

UK / 59 minutes / bw / Theatrecraft, British Lion Dir: Charles Saunders Pr: Guido Coen Scr: Brandon Fleming Story: Dangerous Afternoon (1951 play) by Gerald Anstruther Cine: Geoffrey Faithfull Cast: Ruth Dunning, Nora Nicholson, Joanna Dunham, Howard Pays, Gladys Henson, Ian Colin, Jerold Wells, May Hallatt, Gwenda Wilson, Elizabeth Begley, Barbara Everest, Jackie Noble, Deirdre Clarke, James Raglan, Edna Morris, Richard McNeff, Jan Miller, Frank Sieman, Keith Smith, Max Brimmell, Trevor Reid, Frank Hawkins, Barry Wilsher.

Irma Randall used to be one of the most audacious jewel thieves in the country until she was caught and jailed. In making a prison escape she fell and broke her back, and now she’s recreated herself as the wheelchair-bound, ultra-genteel Miss Letitia “Letty” Frost (Dunning), owner of Primrose Lodge, a residential home for elderly ladies—in fact, her criminal pals who’ve retired from the profession.

Letty Frost (Ruth Dunning).

Louisa Sprule (Nora Nicholson).

Well, they have in theory, anyway. Sweet old Mrs. Louisa Sprule (Nicholson) is unable to break herself of the habit of petty shoplifting; Mrs. Judson (Everest) has difficulty letting a pocket go by unpicked; Miss Burge (Hallatt) compulsively Continue reading

White Trap, The (1959)

UK / 58 minutes / bw / Nat Cohen & Stuart Levy, Independent Artists, Anglo-Amalgamated Dir: Sidney Hayers Pr: Julian Wintle, Leslie Parkyn Scr: Peter Barnes Cine: Eric Cross Cast: Lee Patterson, Conrad Phillips, Ewen Solon, Michael Goodliffe, Jack Allen, Yvette Wyatt, Gillian Vaughan, Felicity Young, Trevor Maskell, Harold Siddons, Ian Colin, Helen Towers.

Paul Langley (Patterson), who served with distinction in WWII and was renowned for his daring escapes from POW camps, has been jailed for smuggling, a crime for which he’s adamant he’s innocent. He uses his old wartime skills to bust out repeatedly from prison: “There are a lot of people in this world that need things like drugs and alcohol,” he tells the prison padre (Colin). “With me it’s excitement—even danger.” But now there’s a new imperative: his wife Joan (Young) is expecting their child imminently and, bearing in mind that her own mother died giving birth to her, there are fears for her safety.

White Trap - 1 Joan in hospital, 'Promise me I'll be all right'

Joan (Felicity Young) languishes in hospital: “Promise me I’ll be all right!”

While being transferred to Dartmoor, Paul breaks free yet again. Wise old Inspector Walters (Goodliffe) reckons Continue reading