Cloudburst (1951 film)

Cloudburst is a 1951 British crime drama film, directed by Francis Searle, starring Robert Preston and featuring Elizabeth Sellars, Harold Lang, Colin Tapley and Sheila Burrell. The script is based on a play written by Leo Marks,[1] a wartime cryptographer for the Special Operations Executive, and later the author of a memoir about his wartime work, Between Silk and Cyanide (1998). The film is about a World War II veteran, a former operative for the SOE, who seeks revenge on the driver and passenger of a hit-and-run automobile that struck and killed his wife.[2]

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Directed byFrancis Searle
Produced byAnthony Hinds
Alexander Paal
Written byLeo Marks (play)
Francis Searle
StarringRobert Preston
Music byFrank Spencer
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJohn Ferris
Distributed byExclusive Films (UK)
United Artists (USA)
Release date
  • July 1951 (1951-07)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom



  1. Chibnall, Steve; McFarlane, Brian (7 October 2017). The British 'B' Film. Bloomsbury Publishing. p. 78. ISBN 1844575748.
  2. Harper, Sue; Porter, Vincent (2003). British Cinema of the 1950s: The Decline of Deference. Oxford University Press. p. 141. ISBN 019815934X.
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