The Heart Within

The Heart Within is a 1957 British drama film directed by David Eady and starring James Hayter, Clifford Evans and David Hemmings.[1] Its plot involves a Jamaican dockside worker who goes on the run in London suspected of the murder of another Jamaican.[2][3]

The Heart Within
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Original British quad poster
Directed byDavid Eady
Produced byJon Penington
Screenplay byGeoffrey Orme
Story byJohn Baxter
StarringJames Hayter
Clifford Evans
Earl Cameron
Music byVivian Comma
Edwin Astley
CinematographyErnest Palmer
Edited byPeter Pitt
Penington Eady Productions
Distributed byJ. Arthur Rank Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • July 1957 (1957-07)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical receptionEdit

The Monthly Film Bulletin wrote "With some good camerawork, a London docks setting, and cautious but not unenterprising use of its West Indian characters, this film has a more convincing air than most thrillers of its type. Unfortunately, the effect is somewhat handicapped by an over-melodramatic and stereotyped climax and by some indifferent playing. Earl Cameron and David Hemmings play agreeably, though, as the West Indian and the cockney boy who befriends him. Background music is effectively provided by a West Indian steel band."[4] TV Guide wrote "Well-acted presentation of a man accused of murder because of the color of his skin...Intriguing effort given power mainly through the handling of the theme of prejudice."[5]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The HEART WITHIN (1957)". 16 January 2009. Archived from the original on 16 January 2009.
  2. ^ "The Heart Within (1957) - David Eady | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie" – via
  3. ^ "Watch The Heart Within". BFI Player.
  4. ^ "Monthly Film Bulletin review".
  5. ^ "The Heart Within | TV Guide".

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