The Large Rope

The Large Rope (also known as The Long Rope) is a 1953 British crime film directed by Wolf Rilla and starring Donald Houston, Susan Shaw and Robert Brown.[1]

The Large Rope
Directed byWolf Rilla
Produced byVictor Hanbury
Written byTed Willis
StarringDonald Houston
Susan Shaw
Robert Brown
Music byRonald Binge
CinematographyGeoffrey Faithfull
Edited byPeter Graham Scott
Victor Hanbury Productions (as Insignia)
Distributed byUnited Artists Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • December 1953 (1953-12) (UK)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


After his release from prison a man returns to his village, where he is accused of murdering a woman.


Critical reception

The film historians Steve Chibnall and Brian McFarlane describe The Large Rope as an "excellent thriller", adding that it has "an arresting narrative premise and an unsentimental view of the potential mean-spiritedness of village life".[2]


  1. BFI Database entry
  2. Steve Chibnall & Brian McFarlane, The British 'B' Film, Palgrave Macmillan, London, 2009, p. 139.

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