The Man Who Wouldn't Talk (1958 film)

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk is a 1958 British drama film directed by Herbert Wilcox. It starred Anna Neagle, Anthony Quayle, Zsa Zsa Gabor, Dora Bryan, John Le Mesurier and Lloyd Lamble.[1]

The Man Who Wouldn't Talk
UK 1-sheet poster
Directed byHerbert Wilcox
Produced byHerbert Wilcox
Written byEdgar Lustgarten
Story byStanley Jackson
StarringAnna Neagle
Anthony Quayle
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Music byStanley Black
CinematographyGordon Dines
Edited byBasil Warren
Herbert Wilcox Productions (as Wilcox-Neagle)
Distributed byBritish Lion Film Corporation (UK)
Release date
21 January 1958 (UK)
Running time
97 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


A courtroom drama, it sees an American scientist charged for murder by the British police for his supposed role in the death of a secret agent who had been posing as his wife.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the screenplay was written by writers well versed in litigation, so the courtroom scenes have a strong sense of realism. The performances are convincing, though marred by several characters who don't fit in the plot";[2] while the Radio Times wrote, "courtroom dramas have an intrinsic appeal, and veteran producer/director Herbert Wilcox makes a moderately entertaining film out of this story in which Anthony Quayle's American scientist, accused of murder, refuses to testify in his own defence. Wilcox's wife, Anna Neagle, gives another of her great lady portraits as Britain's leading Queen's Counsel, demonstrating her deductive brilliance in spotting a bullet hole in a witness's window pane and her oratorical skills in a dramatic five-minute courtroom address." [3]


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