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Home to Danger ** (1951, Rona Anderson, Guy Rolfe, Stanley Baker, Francis Lister, Alan Wheatley) – Classic Movie Review 4081

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Director Terence Fisher’s 1951 British thriller is cheap, cheerful and short at only 66 minutes, with a plot about an unknown killer after a young woman called Barbara Cummings (Rona Anderson) who, under a new will, inherits her father’s old mansion upon his suicide.

[Spoiler alert] The father’s business partner Howard Wainwright (Francis Lister), his friend Robert Irving (Guy Rolfe) and a sinister orphanage owner called Hughes (Alan Wheatley) are the main suspects when a man is sent to kill Anderson. But the father’s servant Willie Dougan (Stanley Baker) comes to the rescue and the would-be assassin is found dead. Francis Edge and John Temple-Smith’s story and Ian Stuart Black’s scenario provide melodramatic, basic thriller stuff, but Fisher’s direction is stalwart, and the movie is fast paced and quite fun.

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Also in the cast are Bruce Belfrage as Bruce the solicitor, Dennis Harkin as Jimmy-the-One, Peter Jones as Lips Leonard, Cyril Conway as the Police Inspector, Betty Henderson, Amy Dudley, Philo Hauser and Glyn Houston.

It was filmed at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London.

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Rona Anderson, known for Sleeping Car to Trieste (1948), Scrooge [A Christmas Carol] (1951) and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969), died on July 23, 2013, aged 86. She was married to Gordon Jackson.

© Derek Winnert 2016 Classic Movie Review 4081

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