| Crime, Drama, Mystery
The day before a young man is to be executed for killing his girlfriend, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.
This was the first of the European movies made by director Joseph Losey in the 1950s after his departure from America to be released in his native country with his actual name on the credits as the director, instead of the name of a friend or a pseudonym.
What did Alec say about me?
Brian Stanford: I got the impression you were about to write the greatest novel ever written. Did you?
David Graham: In common with quite a lot of other writers... I had been about to write it for a very long time.
When Robert is arguing with Honor while David, first slumped in a chair in the next room, is now waking up from his drunken state, Honor's hair is tied up neatly behind her head. As Robert approaches her menacingly (before striking her), the camera suddenly turns to her and her hair is now hanging free, she has a hurt look on her face, and is touching her cheek as one would do after being stung by a slap. Then the camera then turns to him, shows him swing at her, after which she is shown falling face-first onto the bed.