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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk

1 h 37 min195813+
Frank Smith and Eve arrive from America, apparently on honeymoon. But they have only just met and are on an undercover assignment; Eve is a secret agent and Smith is a prominent virologist. They are to rendezvous at Victoria station with a Hungarian scientist who has vital information about biological warfare which he refuses to disclose to anybody but an American scientist.
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4.6 out of 5 stars

28 global ratings

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London LadyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 July 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Routine Courtroom Drama but Anna Neagle Shines
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This courtroom drama was made by husband and wife team Herbert Wilcox and Anna Neagle, and Miss Neagle also stars in it as the QC defending an American scientist who has been accused of murder. As a secret agent, he can tell her very little to help with the defence, so she also plays detective to uncover the salient facts. The husband and wife team made numerous solid British movies together, mainly as a showcase for Neagle, and with that in mind this one works very well. She is very credible as a QC, and Wilcox makes sure she looks terrific, with good camera angles and lighting. The opening scene as she walks across a lamp-lit Lincoln's Inn is beautifully conceived and full of atmosphere. She would have been in her fifties in 1958 but looks as beautiful as ever, and moves and dresses with her customary grace and elegance.

However, the film as a whole works less well, due to rather pedestrian overall direction, although there are some wonderful cameo performances by well known character actors, eg, Dora Bryan as the nosey but effervescent switchboard operator, and the incomparable John Le Mesurier (later to achieve fame as the long suffering Sgt Wilson in Dad's Army), who plays the judge, a man who can speak volumes by simply lifting an eyebrow. Sadly, the usually brilliant British actor Anthony Quayle seems to be struggling with a fake American accent, and although Zsa Zsa Gabor is perky and glamorous as the Eastern Bloc love interest, she wasn't much of an actress, and I couldn't help wishing they had used the talented Eva Bartok instead.

To sum up, if you're an Anna Neagle fan, you will probably enjoy this, as I did. Ditto, if you like the nostalgia and atmosphere provided by films of that period. The latter is helped along by a pristine black and white print and the gloriously eccentric character actors of those days.
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A. W. WilsonReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2014
3.0 out of 5 stars
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NETWORK have provided a very good quality DVD. Clear B/W picture and sound with 1.66Ratio. No extras, but their usual cheap price. Fans of Miss Neagle will I am sure love this. She looks good, but I think I have seen too many episodes of "Law and Order" (U/K and U.S) with gripping courtroom scenes and hard boiled lawyers, and for me this seemed a bit ponderous and not very convincing. I suspect I am in the minority here, so if you like 50's/early 60's British Crime/thrillers/mysteries and you are a fan of Miss Neagle this could just be up your street, but I think I took a wrong turning.
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David AllenReviewed in the United Kingdom on 23 October 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
A worthy addition to one’s British collection.
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I have longed to see this film since I was 14 yrs old.On finally viewing this near-forgotten gem,I can honestly say the wait
was worthwhile.Anna Neagle looks lovely and delivers an outstanding performance while Zsa Zsa Gabor is decorative and
quite convincing in the first half.I’m really grateful to be able to add this one to my treasured collection of British films.
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John BoyceReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 January 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very good price
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I collect 50s films
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Patrick HowardReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
Three Stars
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A very average British saved by the acting of Anthony Quayle and Anna Neagle.
3 people found this helpful
debbie pentlandReviewed in the United Kingdom on 19 December 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Good one
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Goid movie
Mrs. Linda PhibbsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 01 July 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Old British movie
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A+ speedy delivery. Lovely old British film. Just as described. Very pleased. Thank you.
daemon0Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 09 February 2017
4.0 out of 5 stars
good acting and story.
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good acting and story.
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