Girl in the Headlines

Girl in the Headlines (AKA The Model Girl Murder Case) is a 1963 British detective film directed by Michael Truman and starring Ian Hendry,[2] Ronald Fraser, Jeremy Brett, and Jane Asher.[3] It is based on the novel The Nose on my Face by actor Laurence Payne.[4]

Girl in the Headlines
Directed byMichael Truman
Written byPatrick Campbell
Vivienne Knight
Based onThe Nose on My Face
by Laurence Payne
StarringIan Hendry
Ronald Fraser
Jeremy Brett
Jane Asher
Music byJohn Addison
CinematographyStanley Pavey
Edited byFrederick Wilson
British Lion Film Corporation
Viewfinder Films Ltd.
Distributed byBryanston Films (UK)
Release date
  • 15 November 1963 (1963-11-15) (London, UK)
Running time
94 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Inspector Birkett and Sergeant Saunders are called in to investigate the murder of a glamorous model. It becomes apparent that the girl had led a chequered life and her acquaintances included drug dealers. Jordan and Hammond Barker are reluctant to help but when the police finally make an arrest, another murder occurs in a seedy Soho jazz café. But are the two murders connected?[5]


Critical reception

'Britmovie' called the film a "cleverly plotted thriller directed by ex-Ealing editor/producer Michael Truman... Hendry's committed performance and Fraser's underplayed support dominate the film as the two policemen on the case."[4]


  1. Petrie, Duncan James (2017). "Bryanston Films : An Experiment in Cooperative Independent Production and Distribution" (PDF). Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television: 7. ISSN 1465-3451.
  2. "Official Website of Ian Hendry". Retrieved 6 July 2013.
  3. "BFI | Film & TV Database | GIRL IN THE HEADLINES (1963)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  4. "Girl in the Headlines 1963 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  5. "'Girl in the Headlines' (1963)". Retrieved 19 June 2014.
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