27 February 2006 | alfred-norgrove
I'm very glad I watched this extremely well made British '60s film before reading other critical judgements; otherwise I might not have bothered with it. I've seen a lot of British thrillers and films noirs from this period, and some of them are really terrible; not terrifying, dreadful. By comparison this one is a gem.
Finney dominates the scene with his accustomed bravura. I agree he overdoes it, if he'd turned it down a couple of notches, he'd have been perfect. An interesting idea that Arthur Seton in "Saturday Night.." was being **outrageous**. I'm sure Finney imagined he was doing realism! Mona Washbourne is also very good. Not many parts like this are currently being written for elderly or middle-aged female actors in British or U.S films, but back then they were pretty common. Lastly, a word of praise for Susan Hampshire in her pre-Forsyte Saga days. She never looked better; a nuanced, sympathetic performance of that breed of emotionally challenged posh girls, who were often treated as off-putting caricatures in British cinema. Not here thankfully. The entire cast is excellent. This film was a huge treat all round.