A collection of classic British crime dramas in a three DVD set.
The Third Alibi (1961) a married composer begins an affair with his wife’s half-sister, with deadly consequences.
Cast: Laurence Payne, Patricia Dainton, Jane Griffiths, Edward Underdown, John Arnatt, Humphrey Lestocq, Lucy Griffiths, Cleo Laine, Arthur Hewlett, Annette Kerr, Dudley Moore. Director: Montgomery Tully.
Jackpot (1960) a nightclub owner vows to take revenge on the man who robbed his safe, but the police are just as keen to catch him and bring him to justice.
Cast: William Hartnell, Betty McDowall, Eddie Byrne, George Mikell, Michael Ripper, Victor Brooks, Tim Turner, Mike Sarne. Director: Montgomery Tully.
The Quiet Woman (1951) Jane Foster (Jane Hylton) tries to start a new life and takes over a coastal pub. However, when her new boyfriend Duncan (Derek Bond) begins to use the pub for nefarious purposes, Jane’s past indiscretions come back to haunt her once more.
Cast: Derek Bond, Jane Hylton, Dora Bryan, Michael Balfour, Dianne Foster, Harry Towb, John Horsley. Director: John Gilling.
Impulse (1954) follows an American realtor as he embarks upon an impulsive affair and becomes embroiled in plots of robbery and murder.
Cast: Arthur Kennedy, Constance Smith, Joy Shelton, Jack Allen, James Carney, Cyril Chamberlain, Cameron Hall, Bruce Beeby, Charles Lamb, Sam Kydd, Kenneth Cope, Michael Balfour. Director: Cy Endfield.
Crosstrap (1962) a young couple seek temporary solitude in a rented country house but instead find it is being used by a gang of criminals.
Cast: Laurence Payne, Jill Adams, Gary Cockrell, Zena Marshall, Bill Nagy, Robert Cawdron, Larry Taylor, Max Faulkner, Derek Sydney, Michael Turner. Director: Robert Hartford-Davis.
Smart Alec (1951) Alec Albion (Peter Reynolds) hatches a foolproof plan to kill his uncle and attempts to perfectly execute it.
Cast: Peter Reynolds, Leslie Dwyer , Edward Lexy, Kynaston Reeves, Charles Hawtrey, Mercy Haystead, Frederick Morant, David Hurst, David Keir, Annette D. Simmonds, Vernon Smythe, Peter Bull, Basil Dignam. Director: John Guillermin.
Passenger to London (1937) a British secret agent is shot on a train, sparking a race to recover the papers he was able to retrieve before his death.
Cast: John Warwick, Jenny Laird, Paul Neville, Ivan Wilmot, Aubrey Pollock, Victor Hagan, Nigel Barrie, Sybil Brooke , Dorothy Dewhurst. Director: Lawrence Huntington.
The Body Vanished (1939) follows a detective as he investigates a murder while on holiday in a rural village.
Cast: Anthony Hulme, C. Denier Warren, Ernest Sefton, Evelyn Foster, Frank Atkinson, Wilfred Noy, Hamilton Keene, Cyril Chamberlain, Frederick Keen, Charles Paton, Fred Withers. Director: Walter Tennyson.
The Riverside Murder (1935) follows a pair of young detectives as they investigate the murder of a rich man who was killed in his own home, seemingly without a motive. Alastair Sim’s film debut.
Cast: Basil Sydney, Judy Gunn, Zoe Davis, Alastair Sim, Reginald Tate, Ian Fleming, Tom Helmore, Martin Lewis, C.M. Hallard, Aubrey Mallalieu. Director: Albert Parker.
Vengeance Is Mine (1949), a dying man tries to frame one of his enemies for his death.
Cast: Valentine Dyall, Anne Firth, Richard Goolden, Sam Kydd, Ethel Coleridge, Patsy Drake, Alexander Wright, Russell Westwood, Manville Tarrant, Alex Graham, John Hart, Arthur Brander, Roland Caswell, Michael Bird, Bob Connor, Betty Taylor. Director: Alan Cullimore.
The collection also includes interviews with the actress Patricia Dainton in which she discusses her career.