Talk of the Devil

Talk of the Devil is a 1936 British crime film directed by Carol Reed and starring Ricardo Cortez, Sally Eilers and Basil Sydney.[1]

Talk of the Devil
Directed byCarol Reed
Produced byJack Raymond
Written byGeorge Barraud
Anthony Kimmins
Carol Reed
StarringRicardo Cortez
Sally Eilers
Basil Sydney
Music byPercival Mackey
CinematographyFrancis Carver
Edited byHelen Lewis
John E. Morris
Merrill G. White
Distributed byUnited Artists
Release date
9 December 1936
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

Reed had previously been working for Ealing Studios, but he made the film for the independent producer Herbert Wilcox. It was the first film to be completely made at the recently opened Pinewood Studios.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director Wilfred Arnold.

It remains one of Reed's most obscure films and was for many years out of circulation, although the BFI National Archive holds a copy. The film was poorly received in its time and did little to boost Reed's standing in the British film industry.[3]


A dishonest shipbuilder plans to frame his half-brother for his own criminal activities.




  • Moss, Robert. Films of Carol Reed. Springer, 2016.
  • Pykett, Derek. British Horror Film Locations. McFarland & Company, 2008.

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