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An Inspector Calls (1954)

An Inspector Calls (1954)

An Inspector Calls





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The comfortable complacency of the British Birling family is upset when Inspector Poole (Alastair Sim) comes calling. An impoverished young working girl named Eva Smith (Jane Wenham) has committed suicide, and Poole hopes that the Birlings will help him find out why. As the evening progresses, a series of flashbacks reveal that each member of the Birling family has in some small way been responsible for Eva's demise. A twist ending adds a mystical, thought-provoking touch to the proceedings. Bryan Forbes, who plays the Birling son, matriculated into the noted director of such films as The L-Shaped Room, King Rat and The Whisperers. An Inspector Calls was based on a play by J.B. Priestley, which recently scored a huge hit when it was revived in London and New York. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
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Alastair Sim
as Inspector Poole
Arthur Young
as Arthur Birling
Olga Lindo
as Sybil Birling
Eileen Moore
as Sheila Birling
Bryan Forbes
as Eric Birling
Brian Worth
as Gerald Croft
Jane Wenham
as Eva Smith
Olwen Brookes
as Miss Francis
Amy Green
as Second Maid
Patricia Neal
as First Maid
John Welsh
as Shopwalker
Catherine Willmer
as Senior Factory Woman
Norman Bird
as Foreman
Barbara Everest
as Committee Member
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The Twilight Zone didn't just appear out of thin air, there were many progenitors. In this one a well-to-do English family is visited by a police investigator looking into the death of a young woman. In what is partly a commentary on the generation gap, but mainly a ugly finger pointing at the class divide, this message movie remains interesting while delivering its pertinent if ever unheeded message. Very good.

Kevin M. Williams

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