The Long Dark Hall

The Long Dark Hall is a 1951 British (Brit-noir), mystery, suspense, courtroom-drama, crime film directed by Reginald Beck and Anthony Bushell and starring Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer and Raymond Huntley. It was based on a novel A Case to Answer by Edgar Lustgarten. It was made at Walton Studios.

The Long Dark Hall
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U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by
Produced byPeter Cusick
Written byNunnally Johnson
Based onA Case to Answer
by Edgar Lustgarten
Music byBenjamin Frankel
CinematographyWilkie Cooper
Edited byTom Simpson
Cusick International Films Inc.
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
  • 6 February 1951 (1951-02-06) (UK)
Running time
86 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Plot summaryEdit

After a showgirl begins an affair with Arthur Groome, a married man, she is found murdered. Groome discovers her body but fearing his wife's knowledge of his affair he does not summon the police; he soon becomes the prime suspect for the murder.[1] Most of the film portrays the trial of Groome at the Old Bailey, London.


Critical receptionEdit

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "a very tidy murder drama arrived yesterday from England at the Rivoli Theater...An unusually literate and impressively acted film...It is English in setting and temperament, but international in its entertainment appeal. Thoughtful audiences should especially welcome this picture."[2]

When asked to name his "worst picture", Rex Harrison replied: "My worst picture? The Long Dark Hall would have to be near the top of the list."[3]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The LONG DARK HALL (1951)". 16 April 2009. Archived from the original on 13 January 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (10 May 1951). "Movie Review - The Long Dark Hall". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2014.
  3. ^ Reid, John. These Movies Won No Hollywood Awards. LuLu Press. p. 101. Retrieved 15 April 2015.

External linksEdit

The Long Dark Hall on IMDb