The White Trap

The White Trap is a 1959 British second feature thriller film directed by Sidney Hayers and starring Lee Patterson.[1][2] The screenplay is by playwright Peter Barnes, who went on to write the cult stage and film comedy The Ruling Class (1972); and the Oscar nominated screenplay for Enchanted April (1991).[3][4]

The White Trap
British theatrical poster
Directed bySidney Hayers
Produced byJulian Wintle
Leslie Parkyn
Screenplay byPeter Barnes
StarringLee Patterson
Conrad Phillips
Music byFranz Reizenstein
CinematographyEric Cross
Edited byTristam Cones
Distributed byAnglo-Amalgamated Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
  • August 1959 (1959-08) (UK)
Running time
58 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom


Escaped convict Paul Langley tries to reach his wife who is about to have a baby.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote "The suspense builds up towards the end, but the plot is unrelentingly downbeat"[5] whereas Classic Movie Ramblings called it "a very well-crafted thriller...really an excellent little movie";[6] and Noirish noted "one of those unexpected gems that occasionally bring joy to the B-feature watcher’s heart."[7] 

Home media release

The film is available as a Special Feature on Edgar Wallace Mysteries volume 2, released by Network DVD in 2012.[8]


  1. THE WHITE TRAP (Anglo-Amalgamated) Picture Show; London (Oct 10, 1959): 13.
  2. WHITE TRAP, The Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 26, Iss. 300, (Jan 1, 1959): 140.
  3. Elley, Derek; Elley, Derek (November 2, 2001). "The Ruling Class".
  4. "The 65th Academy Awards | 1993". | Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
  5. "The White Trap | TV Guide".
  6. "Classic Movie Ramblings: The White Trap (1959)". March 4, 2017.
  7. "White Trap, The (1959)". April 22, 2014.
  8. "The Edgar Wallace Mysteries - Volume 2".
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