The Frightened Man

The Frightened Man is a 1952 British crime film directed by John Gilling and starring Dermot Walsh, Barbara Murray and Charles Victor.[1] It is also known by the alternative title of Rosselli and Son and was shot at Twickenham and Riverside Studios. Its plot concerns a son of a rag-and-bone man who suffers a dramatic fall from grace.

The Frightened Man
Directed byJohn Gilling
Produced byRobert S. Baker
Monty Berman
Written byJohn Gilling
StarringDermot Walsh
Barbara Murray
Charles Victor
Music byJohn Lanchbery
CinematographyMonty Berman
Edited byJack Slade
Release date
CountryUnited Kingdom


Antiques dealer Roselli's dreams for his son Julius are disappointed when the young man is sent down from Oxford University for bad behaviour. Julius then gets involved with a gang of Camden Town jewel thieves for whom his father is the fence. When they attempt to rob a warehouse, Julius is injured in the getaway but continues his involvement. The gang next plan a raid on a jeweller’s in Hatton Garden, but intend to cut out Roselli. The old man tips off the police – unaware that his son is a member of the gang.[2][3]


Critical reception

  • TV Guide wrote "this decent crime drama was written and directed by John Gilling, known for his efficient low-budget adventures and thrillers." [2]
  • Britmovie called the film a "decent if unremarkable second-feature crime drama featuring Irish actor Dermot Walsh...Walsh's father is played by experienced character actor Charles Victor, who performs his role with quiet, self-effacing distinction."
  • The film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane note that "the film won considerable praise for being authentically staged, effectively directed, 'thrilling and human'.".[4]


  1. "BFI | Film & TV Database | The FRIGHTENED MAN (1952)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  2. "The Frightened Man Trailer, Reviews and Schedule for The Frightened Man |". Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  3. "The Frightened Man 1951 | Britmovie | Home of British Films". Britmovie. Retrieved 14 April 2014.
  4. Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 85.

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