Mr. Denning Drives North
Mr. Denning Drives North is a 1951 British mystery film directed by Anthony Kimmins and starring John Mills, Phyllis Calvert and Sam Wanamaker. The plot concerns an aircraft manufacturer (Mills) who accidentally kills the boyfriend (Herbert Lom) of his daughter (Moore) and tries to dispose of the body. Alec Coppel wrote the script, adapted from his own novel. It was made at Shepperton Studios.
|Mr. Denning Drives North|
UK theatrical poster
|Directed by||Anthony Kimmins|
|Produced by||Anthony Kimmins |
|Written by||Alec Coppel|
|Based on||novel by Alec Coppel|
|Music by||Benjamin Frankel|
|Edited by||Gerald Turney-Smith|
|Distributed by||British Lion Films|
|Box office||£70,197 (UK)|
Aircraft manufacturer Tom Denning is married to Kay; they have a daughter, Liz. Liz is dating Mados who Tom accidentally kills. Tom disposes of the body in a ditch.
Torn with guilt, he goes back to pick up the body only to find it has disappeared.
- John Mills as Tom Denning
- Phyllis Calvert as Kay Denning
- Eileen Moore as Liz Denning
- Sam Wanamaker as Chick Eddowes
- Herbert Lom as Mados
- Raymond Huntley as Wright
- Russell Waters as Harry Stoper
- Wilfrid Hyde-White as Woods
- Freda Jackson as Ma Smith
- Trader Faulkner as Ted Smith
- Sheila Shand Gibbs as Matilda
- Bernard Lee as Inspector Dodds
- Michael Shepley as Chairman of Court
- Ronald Adam as Coroner
- John Stuart as Wilson
- Hugh Morton as Inspector Snell
- David Davies as Chauffeur
- Ambrosine Phillpotts as Miss Blade
Film rights were bought by Alexander Korda's London Films. John Mills' casting was announced in May 1951. It was Mills' first film in almost two years.
Sam Wanamaker had been living in England since 1949 and was offered the part after writing to his agent from holiday in France asking if any jobs were going.
The New York Times wrote, "this little melodrama serves as still another reminder, from a country that jolly well knows how to exercise it, that restraint can work minor wonders...Persuasive and tingling, minus one false note... No doubt about it. The British have what it takes."
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