80,000 Suspects

80,000 Suspects is a 1963 British film directed by Val Guest and starring Claire Bloom, Richard Johnson, Yolande Donlan, and Cyril Cusack. It concerns an outbreak of smallpox in Bath, England.

80,000 Suspects
US poster
Directed byVal Guest
Produced byVal Guest
Written byVal Guest
Based onPillars of Midnight by Elleston Trevor
StarringClaire Bloom
Richard Johnson
Yolande Donlan
Cyril Cusack
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byBill Lenny
Distributed byRank Organisation (UK) Twentieth Century-Fox (US)
Release date
  • 1963 (1963)
Running time
113 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Commencing on New Year's Eve in the city of Bath, Dr. Steven Monks (Richard Johnson) diagnoses a mystery patient as being infected with smallpox and sets in motion a citywide quarantine to contain the outbreak. His commitment to the task is affected by the deterioration of his marriage to ex-nurse Julie (Claire Bloom) following his clandestine affair with a family friend.

Monks receives an unexpected blow when the disease strikes closer to home than anticipated and Julie is diagnosed as having contracted the virus. The medical team gradually contains the outbreak until only one unidentified case remains.

The search narrows the identity of final carrier down to Ruth Preston (Yolande Donlan), the woman with whom Monks had been having an affair and the wife of his close colleague Clifford (Michael Goodliffe). She's eventually traced to a deserted house where she's sheltering, lonely and desperately ill.


  • 80,000 Suspects on IMDb
  • British Movie Directors Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  • Original Clip from film Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  • Opening scenes Clip from film Retrieved 2010-03-11.
  • "Bath Movie Map" (PDF). Visitbath.co.uk. p. 3. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 April 2014. Retrieved 2 August 2017.
  • Val Guest - Obituary, 15 May 2006 - The Independent Retrieved 2010-03-12.
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