The Painted Smile

The Painted Smile is a 1962 British thriller film directed by Lance Comfort and starring Liz Fraser, Kenneth Griffith, Peter Reynolds and Tony Wickert.[1][2] The film was known in the U.S. as Murder Can Be Deadly.[3]

The Painted Smile
Original British quad poster
Directed byLance Comfort
Produced byTom Blakeley
Written byPip Baker
Jane Baker
Based onan original idea by Brock Williams
StarringLiz Fraser
Kenneth Griffith
Music byMartin Slavin
CinematographyBasil Emmott
Edited byJohn Trumper
Blakeley's Films (M/C) Ltd.
Colorama Features
Mancunian Film
Distributed byPlanet Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
May 1962 (UK)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Tom, a student, comes under suspicion of murder when he discovers a dead body in the flat of con artist Jo. When he accidentally touches the murder weapon, Jo convinces him it's in his interest to dispose of the body. The victim was Jo's partner in crime who's been killed by a Soho gang leader. However, the suspicions of the police are aroused and Tom becomes the obvious suspect.


Critical reception

The Radio Times wrote, "this dreadfully dull British B-movie makes its brief running time seem like an eternity";[4] while Cinedelica called the film "engaging and without a dull moment. Good stuff."[5]


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