Mr. Denning Drives North
Mr. Denning Drives North is a 1951 British mystery film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring John Mills, Phyllis Calvert and Sam Wanamaker. The plot concerns an aircraft manufacturer (Mills) who accidentally kills the boyfriend (Herbert Lom) of his daughter (Moore) and tries to dispose of the body. Alec Coppel wrote the script, adapted from his own novel. It was made at Shepperton Studios.
|Mr. Denning Drives North|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Anthony Kimmins |
|Written by||Alec Coppel|
|Based on||novel by Alec Coppel|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Edited by||Gerald Turney-Smith|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|Box office||£70,197 (UK)|
Aircraft manufacturer Tom Denning (John Mills) is married to Kay (Phyllis Calvert); they have a daughter, Liz (Eileen Moore). Liz is dating Mados (Herbert Lom) who Tom "accidentally" kills by punching him. Instead of calling the police, Tom disposes of the body in a ditch. He tries to disguise the victim by placing a large overly-ornate ring on the victim's finger. Later, torn with his guilt, he goes back to pick up the body only to find that it has disappeared.
- John Mills as Tom Denning
- Phyllis Calvert as Kay Denning
- Eileen Moore as Liz Denning
- Sam Wanamaker as Chick Eddowes
- Herbert Lom as Mados
- Raymond Huntley as Wright
- Russell Waters as Harry Stoper
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as Woods
- Freda Jackson as Ma Smith
- Trader Faulkner as Ted Smith
- Sheila Shand Gibbs as Matilda
- Bernard Lee as Inspector Dodds
- Michael Shepley as Chairman of Court
- Ronald Adam as Coroner
- John Stuart as Wilson
- Hugh Morton as Inspector Snell
- David Davies as Chauffeur
- Ambrosine Phillpotts as Miss Blade
The Washington Post thought the Rolls Royce "made more sense than any of the alleged human characters... a bit pretentious."
The film performed poorly at the British box office.
The New York Times wrote, "this little melodrama serves as still another reminder, from a country that jolly well knows how to exercise it, that restraint can work minor wonders...Persuasive and tingling, minus one false note... No doubt about it. The British have what it takes."
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