Winston Graham & Arlene Dahl
"Perfection is a full stop .... Ever the climbing but never the attaining Of the mountain top." W.G.
Winston Graham with Jack Hawkins & Sydney Gilliat
Winston Graham with Dennis Price & Sydney Gilliat
Fortune Is a Woman UK 1957
("She Played With Fire" - USA)
95 mins Black and white. Mono. Director: Sidney Gilliatt
Cast: Jack Hawkins .... Oliver Branwell Arlene Dahl .... Sarah Moreton Dennis Price .... Tracey Moreton Greta Gynt .... Vere Litchen Ian Hunter .... Clive Fisher Violet Farebrother .... Mrs. Moreton Malcolm Keen .... Old Abercrombie
Geoffrey Keen .... Young Abercrombie John Robinson .... Berkeley Reckitt Michael Goodliffe .... Sgt. Barnes Martin Lane .... Det. Watson Bernard Miles .... Mr. Jerome Christopher Lee .... Charles Highbury John Phillips .... Willis Croft
Jack Hawkins plays an insurance investigator who coincidentally meets an old flame Arlene Dahl who is married to Dennis Price. The aftermath of this meeting includes two fires, a possible murder, blackmail and bigamy with strong support from Geoffrey Keen and his real life father Malcolm as Hawkins' employers. There are plenty of false trail to follow and Hawkins as always is superb.
This is the kind of film that reminds everyone of an England that is no more. Slow old black taxis, rain-filled glistening streets, hurrying pedestrians under umbrellas, fur coats, dancing and supper at a nightclub, and when Scotland Yard was still in the street of the same name and all the coppers resembled jovial Dixons of Dock Green. The minor characters too are well rounded creating a film that is full of suspense and plot, with the backdrop of the old house in the swirling fog and the coal smoke from the chimneys bringing back vivid memories of London in the smog laden 1950's. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0050405/ Distributors:
Films - "Fortune is a Woman" UK 1957 ("She Played With Fire" - USA version) Jack Hawkins & Arlene Dahl (A scene from the Colombia picture)