The Dummy Talks

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The Dummy Talks
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Directed by Oswald Mitchell
Written by Michael Barringer
Based onthe story by Jack Clifford & Con West
Produced byWallace Orton
Cinematography James Wilson
Edited by
Music by Kennedy Russell (uncredited)
Distributed byAnglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
25 October 1943 (UK)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
Language English

The Dummy Talks is a 1943 British crime film directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Jack Warner, Claude Hulbert and Beryl Orde. [1] It marked the film debut of Jack Warner. [2]



Set over the course of one night, the story takes place in and around a London theatre. A series of contemporary acts are seen both performing on stage and socialising backstage. The murder of a ventriloquist takes place and two policemen, who happen to be at the theatre tracking a banknote forger, set to work finding the culprit. Ultimately, the key suspects are rounded up and a mind-reader puts on a show to reveal the killer. He's helped by a midget dressed as the dummy, hence the title.


Critical reception

Britmovie noted "a number of genuine variety acts add a flavour of the period, although they provide rather too much of the film’s running time" ; [2] and TV Guide called it "a weird but engaging second feature." [3]

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  1. "The Dummy Talks (1943)". Archived from the original on 17 January 2009.
  2. 1 2 "The Dummy Talks 1943 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Archived from the original on 24 September 2015.
  3. "The Dummy Talks".