Act of Murder (film)

Act of Murder is a 1964 British crime drama film, directed by Alan Bridges.[1] One of the Edgar Wallace Mysteries series, it was Bridges' first film as director.[2]

Act of Murder
Directed byAlan Bridges
Produced byJack Greenwood
Written byLewis Davidson
StarringAnthony Bate
John Carson
Justine Lord
Music byBernard Ebbinghouse
CinematographyJames Wilson
Edited byDerek Holding
Release date
Running time
62 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


An actor, Tim Ford, tries to persuade an ex-actress, Anne Longman, to return to the stage. Her husband, Ralph, suspects that Ford's motives are more than just professional.[3]


Critical reception

The film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane selected Act of Murder as one of the 15 most meritorious British B films made between World War II and 1970. Noting that it "received pretty well uniformly positive reviews at the time", especially for the directorial debut of Alan Bridges, they add that "it picks its way through a web of obliquely suggested jealousy and a scam involving convincingly improbable frauds".[3]


  1. Denis Gifford, British Film Catalogue: Two Volume Set – The Fiction Film/The Non-Fiction Film, Routledge, London, 2001, p. 741.
  2. Bergan, Ronald (30 January 2014). "Alan Bridges obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  3. Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, pp. 284–86.
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