Query (Murder in Reverse)

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Future "Doctor Who" star William Hartnell dominates the proceedings in the British drama Query. The story concerns a young stevedore who is falsely accused of manslaughter, and is shipped off to prison. Upon his release, the now-elderely protagonist wreaks vengeance on the man responsible for framing him. The legal question arising from all this is a delicate one: Is there truly such a thing as a justifiable murder, and can a man successfully plead in court that it is his legal right to take the law in his own hands? It's a tricky premise, but one carried off with expertise by star Hartnell and writer-director Montgomery Tully. Based on a story by "Seamark", Query bears a strong (perhaps too strong) resemblance to the old Elmer Rice play It is the Law.


William Hartnell
as Tom Masterick
Jimmy Hanley
as Peter Rogers
John Slater
as Fred Smith
Dinah Sheridan
as Jill Masterick
Petula Clark
as Jill as a Child
Kynaston Reeves
as Crossley King's Counsel
John Salew
as Blake King's Counsel
Ethel Coleridge
as Mrs. Green
Maire O'Neill
as Mrs. Moore
Chili Bouchier
as Doris Masterick
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  • However hard to swallow some of Murder in Reverse may seem today, it is Hartnell who draws the eye and holds our belief in his part right to the last scene.

    Jul 30, 2018 | Full Review…

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