Judgment Deferred

Judgment Deferred is a 1952 British drama film directed by John Baxter and starring Joan Collins, Hugh Sinclair, Helen Shingler and Abraham Sofaer.[1] The film is a remake of the director's earlier film, Doss House (1933).

Judgment Deferred
Australian daybill poster
Directed byJohn Baxter
Produced byJohn Baxter
Barbara K. Emary
Screenplay byBarbara K. Emary
Walter Meade
Geoffrey Orme
StarringJoan Collins
Hugh Sinclair
Helen Shingler
Abraham Sofaer
Music byKennedy Russell
CinematographyArthur Grant
Edited byVi Burdon
Group 3
Distributed byAssociated British Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
February 1952 (UK)
Running time
88 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film was shot at Southall Studios with sets designed by the art director Don Russell. It was the first production from Group 3 Films, a company formed to encourage new young British film-makers (which later produced The Brave Don't Cry, Conflict of Wings, The Angel Who Pawned Her Harp and several other low-budget features).[2][3]


With the assistance of a journalist a group of refugees and down and outs try and unmask the criminal who has framed one of their number as a drug dealer.

Selected cast

Critical reception

The Radio Times described the film as "a muddled, maudlin melodrama that feels like substandard Frank Capra done by amateur theatricals."[3] TV Guide found the film "captivating mainly because of the novelty of the story and the many strange characters that are introduced." [4] Sky Movies wrote "this one occasionally creaks under the strain of its longish running time but offers some striking tableaux, especially within the weird 'court' held by a crowd of criminals, eccentrics and jobless that in some ways recalls the 'jury' that proved the nemesis of Peter Lorre in Fritz Lang's classic thriller 'M'."[2]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | JUDGEMENT DEFERRED (1951)". Ftvdb.bfi.org.uk. 16 April 2009. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  2. "Judgment Deferred - Sky Movies HD". Skymovies.sky.com. 23 May 2002. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  3. "Judgement Deferred | Film review and movie reviews". Radio Times. 8 April 2013. Retrieved 24 June 2014.
  4. "Judgment Deferred Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for Judgment Deferred | TVGuide.com". Movies.tvguide.com. Retrieved 24 June 2014.


  • Chibnall, Steve & McFarlane, Brian. The British 'B' Film. Palgrave MacMillan, 2009.
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