Delayed Action

Delayed Action is a 1954 British film noir mystery film directed by John Harlow and starring Robert Ayres, June Thorburn and Alan Wheatley.[1]

Delayed Action
Directed byJohn Harlow
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Written byGeoffrey Orme
StarringRobert Ayres
June Thorburn
Alan Wheatley
Bruce Seton
Music byJohn Lanchbery
CinematographyGerald Gibbs
Edited byBill Lewthwaite
Kenilworth Film Productions
Distributed byGeneral Film Distributors
Release date
July 1954 (UK)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Two criminals do a deal with a suicidal man, who will confess to crimes they have committed before killing himself. However he subsequently has a change of heart.[2]


Critical reception

  • TV Guide wrote, "robbers pay suicidal writer Ayres to confess to their crime and kill himself should their scheme fail. An interesting premise in an otherwise dull movie." [3]
  • Radio Times noted, "the prolific B-team of Monty Berman and Robert S Baker were the brains behind this moody little thriller. There's a hint here of the ingenuity that would lead to their TV success with such series as The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased)." [4]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | DELAYED ACTION (1954)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  2. "Delayed Action: Information from". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  3. "Delayed Action Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Delayed Action |". Retrieved 11 April 2014.
  4. "Delayed Action | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. Retrieved 11 April 2014.
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