Deadly Nightshade (film)

Deadly Nightshade is a 1953 British crime drama film directed by John Gilling.[1][2] It stars Emrys Jones, Zena Marshall and John Horsely. A convict on the run (Emrys Jones) switches identities with a lookalike, only to find himself in even deeper trouble.

Deadly Nightshade
DVD cover
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Screenplay byLawrence Huntington
StarringEmrys Jones
Zena Marshall
John Horsely
Music byJohn Lanchbery
CinematographyMonty Berman
Edited bySidney Hayers
Kenilworth Film Productions
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • March 1953 (1953-03) (UK)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Critical reception

TV Guide thought the idea was "done much better in Antonioni's The Passenger (1975)," but found the film, "still occasionally entertaining";[3] while the Radio Times wrote, "In spite of its penury, this typical 1950s British crime curiously engaging...Although director John Gilling throws in a few Cornish coastal views, he's mostly confined to unconvincing sets, though the cheapskate look only adds to the charm."[4]


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