Violent Moment (1959)

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UK / 61 minutes / bw / Independent Artists, Anglo–Amalgamated Dir: Sidney Hayers Pr: Bernard Coote Scr: Peter Barnes Story: “A Toy for Jiffy” (1956; Ellery Queen’s Mystery Magazine) by Roy Vickers Cine: Phil Grindrod Cast: Lyndon Brook, Jane Hylton, Jill Browne, John Paul, Rupert Davies, Moira Redmond, Bruce Seton, Martin Miller, Frederick Piper, Martin Boddey, Gerald Anderson, John Boxer, Leonard White.

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London, soon after the end of WWII, and wastrel Douglas “Doug” Baines (Brook) is wary of the coppers on every corner because he’s an Army deserter. He makes his way as best he can, helping to support his mistress, Daisy Hacker (Hylton), and their infant son Jiffy on what we suspect are generally slim pickings. One day, though, he’s obviously flush because he spends 15/6 (15 shillings and sixpence)—a small fortune in those days—at the toyshop of Jenkins (Piper) on a cackling tumbler-doll clown for Jiffy, upon whom he obviously dotes; indeed, we sense that Doug is really defined by his love for Jiffy. When he gets home, though, it’s to discover that Daisy has sold the child into adoption for twenty pounds. She’s scathing in her estimation of Doug:

“Twenty pound. I suppose you’ll want your cut.”

 And:

“And another thing. You pretending to believe that I got all that money working as a waitress. You’ve got eyes in your head the same as other men. You know perfectly well where that money came from.”

 

Violent Moment - 1 Doug, Daisy & the tumbler doll

Doug (Lyndon Brook) shows Daisy (Jane Hylton) the toy he’s bought for Jiffy.

As he tries to force out of her the name and address of the adoptive parents so he might 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