Yield to the Night
Yield to the Night (also titled Blonde Sinner) is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Diana Dors. The film is based on the novel of the same title published in 1954 by Joan Henry. The storyline bears a superficial resemblance to the Ruth Ellis case, which had occurred the previous year. The film received much positive critical attention, particularly for the unexpectedly skilled acting of Dors, who had previously been cast solely as a British version of the typical "blonde bombshell". The movie was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.
|Yield to the Night|
Theatrical poster to the US release of Yield to the Night (1956)
|Directed by||J. Lee Thompson|
|Produced by||Kenneth Harper|
|Written by||John Cresswell|
|Music by||Ray Martin|
|Edited by||Richard Best|
|Distributed by||Associated British-Pathé|
|14 June 1956 (World Premiere, London)|
18 November 1956 (US)
Mary Price Hilton (Diana Dors) has been convicted of murder and sentenced to hang, and she spends her last weeks in the condemned cell in a British women's prison. While there she remembers the events in her life leading up to the murder.
- Diana Dors – Mary Hilton
- Yvonne Mitchell – Matron Hilda MacFarlane
- Michael Craig – Jim Lancaster
- Marie Ney – Prison Governess
- Geoffrey Keen – Prison Chaplain
- Liam Redmond – Prison Doctor
- Olga Lindo – Senior Matron Hill
- Joan Miller – Matron Barker
- Marjorie Rhodes – Matron Brandon
- Molly Urquhart – Matron Mason
- Mary Mackenzie – Matron Maxwell (as Mary MacKenzie)
- Harry Locke – Fred Hilton
- Michael Ripper – Roy, bar good-timer
- Joyce Blair – Doris, storeclerk-friend
- Charles Clay – Bob
- Athene Seyler – Miss Bligh
- Mona Washbourne – Mrs. Thomas, landlady
- Alec Finter – Mr. Thomas, landlord (as Alex Finter)
- Mercia Shaw – Lucy
- Marianne Stone – New Matron Richardson
- Charles Lloyd-Pack – Mary's Lawyer
- Dandy Nichols – Mrs. Price
- John Charlesworth – Alan Price
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