Life for Ruth (1962)

vt Walk in the Shadow
UK / 88 minutes / bw / Saracen, Allied Film Makers, Rank Dir: Basil Dearden Pr: Michael Relph Scr: Janet Green, James McCormick Cine: Otto Heller Cast: Michael Craig, Patrick McGoohan, Janet Munro, Paul Rogers, Malcolm Keen, Megs Jenkins, Michael Bryant, Leslie Sands, Norman Wooland, John Barrie, Walter Hudd, Michael Aldridge, Basil Dignam, Maureen Pryor, Kenneth J. Warren, Ellen McIntosh, Frank Finlay, John Welsh, Maurice Colbourne, Freddy Ramsay, Lynn Taylor.

When little Ruth Harris (Taylor) is badly injured in a seaside accident, the hospital’s Dr. Jim Brown (McGoohan) tells the eight-year-old’s parents, John (Craig) and Pat (Munro), that she’ll die if she doesn’t have a blood transfusion. Harris, a devoted member of a fundamentalist sect, refuses to let her have one:

Jim: “Religion? What’s religion got to do with it? A transfusion will save her life!”
Harris: “It will deny her everlasting life.”

Sacrificed on the rock of her father’s narcissism, Ruth dies. Jim considers Harris a murderer, and Pat, who’s pretended to share Harris’s beliefs for the sake of her love for him, comes to a similar view. Likewise her parents, Ken (Barrie) and Mrs. Gordon (Jenkins). In fact, just about the only person who believes Harris did the right thing is his father (Keen), also a member of the sect.

Janet Munro as Pat Harris and Michael Craig as her husband John.

Michael Aldridge as Dr. Richard Harvard (left) and Patrick McGoohan as Dr. Jim Brown.

But the cops, in the form of Superintendent Finlay (Warren), aren’t prepared to do anything about it, even though Jim Continue reading

Tiger Bay (1959)

UK / 102 minutes / bw / Independent Artists, Rank Dir: J. Lee Thompson Pr: John Hawkesworth, Julian Wintle, Leslie Parkyn Scr: John Hawkesworth, Shelley Smith Story: “Rodolphe et le Revolver” (n.d.) by Noël Calef Cine: Eric Cross Cast: John Mills, Horst Buchholz, Hayley Mills, Yvonne Mitchell, Megs Jenkins, Anthony Dawson, Meredith Edwards, Shari, Christopher Rhodes, Kenneth Griffith, George Pastell, George Selway, Marianne Stone, Marne Maitland, Brian Hammond.

After a long stretch at sea, Polish merchant seaman Bronislav “Broni” Korchinsky (Buchholz)—who himself spells his name “Koverzynski”—arrives back in Cardiff docks with £95 back pay in his pocket, intent on proposing to his lover, Anya Haluba (Mitchell). He finds that she’s gone from the flat for which he sent her the rent; it’s now occupied by an evident good-time girl called Christine (Shari). Getting Anya’s new address from seedy landlord Dr. Das (Maitland), Broni goes to have it out with her, en route picking up tomboyish petty pilferer and compulsive liar Gillian “Gillie” Evans (Hayley Mills), who lives in the same block as Anya. There, he finds that Anya has taken up with another man—as we in due course find out, he’s married sports broadcaster Barclay (Dawson). When Anya pulls a gun on Broni they struggle and he takes the weapon from her; moments later, as she shrieks imprecations at him, he shoots her dead in a jealous rage. Watching all this through the flat’s letterbox has been Gillie.

Tiger Bay 1959 - 2 Anya (Yvonne Mitchell) fights fire with fire

Anya (Yvonne Mitchell) fights fire with fire.

Tiger Bay 1959 - 3 Chorister Gillie (Hayley Mills), picture of innocence

Gillie (Hayley Mills) the chorister: butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth, would it?

Gillie manages to steal the gun and its remaining bullet. During a wedding at the church in whose choir she sings, she swaps the bullet with a fellow child-chorister, Dai Parry (Hammond). Broni, who knows that she has witnessed at least part of the crime, has followed her to the church; when everyone else has cleared off after the service he Continue reading