Sensation (film)

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Directed by Brian Desmond Hurst
Produced by Walter C. Mycroft
Written by Dudley Leslie
Marjorie Deans
William Freshman
Based onplay Murder Gang
by Basil Dean
& George Munro [1]
Starring John Lodge
Diana Churchill
Cinematography Walter J. Harvey
Edited byJames Corbett
Distributed by Associated British Picture Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • 17 December 1936 (1936-12-17)(London, UK)
  • 18 December 1940 (1940-12-18)(US)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Sensation is a 1936 British crime film directed by Brian Desmond Hurst and starring John Lodge, Diana Churchill, Francis Lister and Felix Aylmer. The screenplay concerns a crime reporter who solves a murder case using a piece of evidence he found amongst the victim's possessions. [2]




Writing for The Spectator in 1937, Graham Greene gave the film a poor review, faulting the "bad casting, bad story construction, [and] uncertain editing". While praising the acting of Holles, Seyler, and Marion, Greene found that the rest of the cast handicapped the director, and that the story lost its authenticity "in false trails, in an absurd love-story, in humour based on American film, and in the complete unreality of the 'murder gang'." [3]

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  1. Gifford, Denis (1 April 2016). British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set - The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film. Routledge. ISBN   9781317740636 via Google Books.
  2. "Sensation (1936)". Archived from the original on 13 January 2009.
  3. Greene, Graham (5 February 1937). "Sensation/Mazurka". The Spectator . (reprinted in: Taylor, John Russell, ed. (1980). The Pleasure Dome. Oxford University Press. p.  130. ISBN   0192812866.)