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The Long Dark Hall (February 6, 1951)

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The Long Dark Hall
 

Released on February 6, 1951: When a showgirl is murdered by a serial killer in London a family man who was obsessed with the showgirl is tried for her murder.

Produced by Peter Cusick

Directed by Reginald Beck and Anthony Bushell

The Actors: Rex Harrison (Arthur Groome), Lilli Palmer (Mary Groome), Tania Heald (Sheila Groome), Henrietta Barry (Rosemary Groome), Dora Sevening (Mary's mother), Ronald Simpson (Mary's father), Raymond Huntley (Chief Inspector Sullivan), William Squire (Sergeant Cochran), Ballard Berkeley (Police Superintendant Maxey), Anthony Dawson (the man), Denis O'Dea (Sir Charles Morton), Anthony Bushell (Clive Bedford), Henry B. Longhurst (the judge), Patricia Cutts (Rose Mallory), Meriel Forbes (Marjorie Danns), Brenda de Banzie (Mrs. Rogers the landlady), Douglas Jefferies (Doctor Conway), Fletcher Lightfoot (jury foreman), Anthony Shaw (clerk of court), Michael Medwin (Leslie Scott), Colin Gordon (Pound), Lionel Murton (Jefferson, Amercan publisher), Eric Pohlmann (Mr. Polaris), Lilli Molnar (Mrs. Polaris), Frank Tickle (shopkeeper Alfred Tripp), Tom Macaulay (ironworks manager), Richard Littledale (Mr. Sims), Jenny Laird (Mrs. Sims), Tony Quinn (bartender Joe), Jill Bennett (first murdered girl), Reginald Beck (unknown)

 
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What Good is the Truth?

On the witness stand at the Old Bailey courthouse in London the accused killer declares, "What good is the truth, if it doesn't sound like the truth?" Arthur Groome, played by Rex Harrison, who co-produced this thriller, is on trial for the murder of a showgirl. Circumstances are such that nearly everyone, except for his loving wife, played by Lilli Palmer, believes him to be guilty. The jury convicts Groome of murder after a lengthy trial and he is sent to prison waiting to be hung. But there is so much more to this thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat throughout much of the story before this point, and I hesitate to go into much detail, lest I blunt the surprise and suspense. In the American version, which is the one we have here, there is an extra scene added to the beginning, an introduction of sorts where the police inspector shows the case file to a book publisher. This scene is inserted into the story after we watch a young showgirl walking down a dark alley in London who is accosted and strangled by a tall, dark stranger and left crumpled in a heap in the alley as the stranger walks calmly away. There is a serial killer loose in London again . . . a man who considers himself the instrument of justice . . . who takes it upon himself to kill wayward women in the dark of the night. His next victim is lovely Rose Mallory, played by Patricia Cutts. Our leading man, Rex Harrison, is Arthur Groome, who has a nice home, wife, and two young daughters . . . but like many meek and mild family men he has discovered showgirl Rose and has become obsessed with helping her improve her lot in life and get away from the showgirl scene. So when she is murdered by our serial killer it is next to a picture of him . . . and the murder weapon is a knife that he owned and had given to her some time ago. Everything points to Groome, and even he can see that to the world it seems that no one else could have killed the showgirl. Even as he proclaims his innocence he can understand why no one will believe him, except his steadfast wife. But Groome is convicted and his day of execution is upon us, and long after his dawn appointment with death, a strange handwritten note is given to the Inspector from Scotland Yard who handled the investigation . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Anthony Dawson
Anthony Dawson
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
Anthony Dawson
Anthony Dawson
Anthony Dawson and Lilli Palmer
Anthony Dawson and Lilli Palmer
Anthony Dawson
Anthony Dawson
Ballard Berkeley
Ballard Berkeley
Brenda de Banzie
Brenda de Banzie
Douglas Jeffries
Douglas Jeffries
Frank Tickle
Frank Tickle
Jenny Laird and Richard Littledale
Jenny Laird and Richard Littledale
Jill Bennett
Jill Bennett
Lilli Molnar and Eric Pohlmann
Lilli Molnar and Eric Pohlmann
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison
Lilli Palmer and Rex Harrison
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Lilli Palmer
Lionel Murton
Lionel Murton
Lionel Murton
Lionel Murton
Meriel Forbes, Patricia Cutts and Tony Quinn
Meriel Forbes, Patricia Cutts and Tony Quinn
Meriel Forbes and Rex Harrison
Meriel Forbes and Rex Harrison
Meriel Forbes in the Old Bailey on the witness stand
Meriel Forbes in the Old Bailey on the witness stand
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutts and Meriel Forbes
Patricia Cutts and Meriel Forbes
Patricia Cutts sees the killer
Patricia Cutts sees the killer
Patricia Cutts
Patricia Cutts
Raymond Huntley
Raymond Huntley
Raymond Huntley and Ballard Berkeley
Raymond Huntley and Ballard Berkeley
Raymond Huntley and Ballard Berkeley
Raymond Huntley and Ballard Berkeley
Raymond Huntley and William Squire
Raymond Huntley and William Squire
Raymond Huntley
Raymond Huntley
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer
Rex Harrison and Lilli Palmer
Rex Harrison
Rex Harrison
Ronald Simpson
Ronald Simpson
Tony Quinn and Meriel Forbes
Tony Quinn and Meriel Forbes
Tom Macaulay
Tom Macaulay