The Dark Light (film)

The Dark Light is a 1951 British thriller film directed by Vernon Sewell and starring Albert Lieven, David Greene, Norman Macowan.[1] It was filmed at a rented country estate in Gilston and on location around Portsmouth.[2]

The Dark Light
Directed byVernon Sewell
Produced byMichael Carreras
Anthony Hinds
Written byVernon Sewell
StarringAlbert Lieven
David Greene
Norman Macowan
Music byFrank Spencer
CinematographyMoray Grant
Edited byFrancis Bieber
Distributed byExclusive Films (UK)
Release date
  • 23 April 1951 (1951-04-23) (UK)
Running time
75 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


The crew of a lighthouse take in what they assume to be the survivors of a shipwreck, but who turn out to be criminals on the run after a bank robbery.


Critical reception

The Radio Times called it "dismal" writing that:

'Quota quickie' veteran Vernon Sewell gets matters off to a promising start as a desperate gang of bank robbers are rescued from the stormy sea by a lighthouse crew. By tossing away the dramatic possibilities of the claustrophobic setting, however, he is unable to sustain more than a modicum of tension as the crew begin scheming to keep the swag for themselves, rather than let justice take its course.[3]



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