1954 Certificate: pg

Synopsis

British thriller starring Nigel Patrick as a customs investigator trying to thwart a gang of drugs smugglers. With Elizabeth Sellars.

Director

  • Harold French

Cast

  • Joyce Grenfell

  • Nigel Patrick

  • Elizabeth Sellars

Review

This workmanlike British thriller from the Fifties, directed by Harold French, has a documentary feel, with some crisp dialogue by Sydney Box. The suave Nigel Patrick stars as the customs investigator alerted to nefarious coastal activities by none other than the wonderful Joyce Grenfell. She is cast as an aristocratic birdwatcher who is most put out that a suspicious landing craft should disturb her nesting birds. Other stalwarts appearing include Elizabeth Sellars and Terence Morgan as brother-and-sister smugglers, Jack Warner, Greta Gynt, Michael Hordern and Eric Pohlmann, particularly good as a Polish racketeer. A pleasing period piece.