The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958 film)

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The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
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UK 1-sheet poster
Directed by Herbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written by Edgar Lustgarten
Story byStanley Jackson
Starring Anna Neagle
Anthony Quayle
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Music by Stanley Black
Cinematography Gordon Dines
Edited byBasil Warren
Production
company
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Wilcox-Neagle)
Distributed by British Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
21 January 1958 (UK)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
LanguageEnglish

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk is a 1958 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox. It starred Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dora Bryan, John Le Mesurier and Lloyd Lamble. [1]

Herbert Wilcox film producer and director from Britain

Herbert Sydney Wilcox CBE, was a British film producer and director who was one of the most successful British filmmakers from the 1920s to the 1950s. He is best known for the films he made with his third wife Anna Neagle.

Anna Neagle English stage and film actress and singer

Dame Florence Marjorie Wilcox,, known professionally as Anna Neagle, was an English stage and film actress, singer and dancer.

Anthony Quayle English actor and director

Sir John Anthony Quayle, was an English actor and theatre director. He was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe for his supporting role as Thomas Wolsey in the 1969 film Anne of the Thousand Days, and played important roles in such major studio productions as The Guns of Navarone (1961), Lawrence of Arabia (1962), The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964), Operation Crossbow (1965), QB VII (1974), and The Eagle Has Landed (1976). Quayle was knighted in the 1985 New Years Honours List.

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Synopsis

A courtroom drama, it sees an American scientist charged for murder by the British police for his supposed role in the death of a secret agent who had been posing as his wife.

Cast

Zsa Zsa Gabor Hungarian-American socialite and actress

Zsa Zsa Gabor was a Hungarian-American actress and socialite. Her sisters were actresses Eva and Magda Gabor.

Katherine Kath was a French prima ballerina at the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris, who became an actress after suffering from an injury which destroyed her chances of continuing her career. She was born Rose Marie Lily Faess in Berck, Pas-de-Calais, France, where she also died, at age 92 in 2012 from undisclosed causes.

Dora Bryan English actress of stage, film and television

Dora May Broadbent,, known as Dora Bryan, was an English actress of stage, film and television.

Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the screenplay was written by writers well versed in litigation, so the courtroom scenes have a strong sense of realism. The performances are convincing, though marred by several characters who don't fit in the plot"; [2] while the Radio Times wrote, "courtroom dramas have an intrinsic appeal, and veteran producer/director Herbert Wilcox makes a moderately entertaining film out of this story in which Anthony Quayle's American scientist, accused of murder, refuses to testify in his own defence. Wilcox's wife, Anna Neagle, gives another of her great lady portraits as Britain's leading Queen's Counsel, demonstrating her deductive brilliance in spotting a bullet hole in a witness's window pane and her oratorical skills in a dramatic five-minute courtroom address." [3]

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References

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  2. "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk". TVGuide.com.
  3. Allen Eyles. "The Man Who Wouldn't Talk". RadioTimes.