The Limping Man (1953 film)

The Limping Man is a 1953 British Film Noir directed by Cy Endfield (as Charles de Lautour) and starring Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister and Leslie Phillips.[1] The film was based on Anthony Verney's novel Death on the Tideway and was released in the United States by Lippert Pictures.

The Limping Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byCy Endfield
Produced byDonald Ginsberg
Written byAnthony Verney (novel)
Ian Stuart Black
Reginald Long
StarringLloyd Bridges
Moira Lister
Leslie Phillips
Alan Wheatley
Music byArthur Wilkinson
CinematographyJonah Jones
Edited byStanley Willis
Banner Films
Distributed byEros Films
Lippert Films (US)
Release date
  • November 1953 (1953-11)
Running time
76 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

This film is now in the public domain.[2]


Former soldier Frank Prior arrives in London to visit a wartime girlfriend, whom he hasn't seen in six years. His plane's landing at the airport coincides with a fellow passenger being killed by a sniper.

Scotland Yard inspector Braddock and detective Cameron are assigned to investigate. The dead man, identified as Kendal Brown, is carrying forged documents as well as a photograph that leads them to Pauline French, an actress.

Pauline is the woman Frank has come to see. She also happens to be an expert marksman with a rifle. After they kiss, Pauline tells Frank that she had tried unsuccessfully to notify him to delay his visit.

An autographed picture of another actress, Helene Castle, is found in Kendal Brown's flat. The detectives learn that Helene is the victim's ex-wife. In the meantime, Frank spends a few hours with Pauline on her boat. When they later go to a pub, a limping man seems to menace and unnerve Pauline, who runs away.

Pauline confesses to Frank that she once let Kendal Brown use her boat for a smuggling operation. He began blackmailing her with letters she wrote, which Helene now possesses. At the theatre, the limping man turns out to be George, the stage manager. But to everyone's shock, the late Kendal Brown turns up very much alive. The victim on the plane was a man he'd hired to impersonate him.

After knocking the limping man unconscious, Kendal Brown ends up in a fistfight with Frank in the theatre's balcony. But as these events reach their climax, a huge surprise is revealed, one involving Frank and his fellow passengers from the plane.



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