Based on a famous stage play and set in the year 1912, an upper crust English family dinner is interrupted by a police inspector who brings news that a girl known to everyone present has died in suspicious circumstances…
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Decent adaptation of the play. The exterior action of the flashbacks thankfully does not lessen the claustrophobic scenario. The real draw here is though, of course, the supremely dour Alastair Sim as the definitive inspector.
Quite impressed by the recent BBC adaptation with David Thewlis as Inspector Goole. However, Alistair Sims is perhaps the most iconic. Thank God for socialists like J.B. Priestley to cause a bit of a righteous ruckus - emancipation for the marginalised is an honorable endeavour indeed.
I did the double-feature of the 2015 version vs. the 1954 version. This one is much better. Alastair Sim is like a vulture, but of course some of these people really deserved it. The sister and brother are much more sympathetic in this version. Obversely, this version is less moralistic than the other version. The only problem I had with it was the Twilight Zone aspects.
Wonderful cast, most especially Inspector Poole. A grand indictment of the British class system, with its attendant sexism, male chauvinism, and elitism. Timely to release this after World War II as a reminder that isolationist policies in the new world order would do no good. No matter what superficial snobbery may exist between people, we must all watch out for each other as human beings.
6.9/10, “Guy Hamilton’s approachable parable is a concise adaptation of J.B. Priestley’s acclaimed play, on the nose to a fault, but with a slightly different ending to redouble the mysterious revelation.”
my full review - https://wp.me/p1eXom-3Wf