Someone at the Door (1950 film)

Someone at the Door is a 1950 British crime comedy film directed by Francis Searle and starring Michael Medwin, Garry Marsh and Yvonne Owen.[2]

Someone at the Door
Directed byFrancis Searle
Produced byAnthony Hinds
Screenplay byA.R. Rawlinson
Based onthe play Someone at the Door by Major Campbell Christie & Dorothy Campbell Christie[1]
StarringMichael Medwin
Garry Marsh
Yvonne Owen
Music byFrank Spencer
CinematographyWalter J. Harvey
Edited byJohn Ferris
Distributed byExclusive Films (UK)
Release date
  • April 1950 (1950-04) (UK)
Running time
65 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The film was based on a hit West End play by Campbell Christie and his wife Dorothy, which had previously been turned into a film in 1936.[3][4][5]


A journalist comes up with a scheme to boost his career by inventing a fake murder but soon becomes embroiled in trouble when a real killing takes place.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "this is Hammer hokum of the hoariest kind. There isn't a semblance of suspense...Not even the arrival of jewel thieves at the haunted house...can revive one's fast-fading interest. However, there is one good wheeze, during the credit sequence, when director Francis Searle reveals that the front of the old house is merely a flat piece of scenery erected in a field";[5] and Fantastic Movie Musings & Ramblings concluded, "it isn't much of a movie, but if you take it for what it is (a late-period old dark house variant based on a stage play), it has its uses. There are a few mildly amusing jokes and a couple of decent plot twists, which is more than some examples of this genre have."[6]


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