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The Limping Man Film Review

Updated on September 11, 2017
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Louise is a film enthusiast and enjoys films particularly from the 40's and 50's era & enjoys writing about films she has seen.


Film Information

Released: 1953

Director: Cy Enfield

Producer: Donald Ginsberg

Running time: 1 hr 16 mins

Genre: Film-Noir, Crime, Drama, Mystery

Distributed by: Eros Films

The characters in the film.

Lloyd Bridges
Franklin Prior
Leslie Phillip
Moira Lister
Pauline French
Alan Wheatley
Inspector Bridges
Bruce Beeby
Kendall Brown
Helene Cordet
Helene Castle

About the film

Part of the film-noir era of movie making, The Limping Man is a British made film made in 1953. Starring some of the biggest names in the film industry, this is yet another classic film worth watching when it comes to black and white films. Franklin Prior is a former soldier who travels to London to visit his girlfriend, Pauline French. He's not seen her for 6 years. When his plane lands at the airport, a man is killed by a sniper. Franklin is subsequently held at Scotland Yard for questioning. But when he is eventually released, he learns that Pauline had an brief acquaintance with the man, named as Kendall Brown. Kendall is the one who apparently the man who's been killed.

Now, this story is interesting and cleverly written in the fact that you don't really know what has actually happened until you more or less get to the end of the film. Now that Franklin is involved in a murder case, there are plenty of twists and turns that will keep you wondering who is involved and how. And there's also a few surprises and unexpected twists which I wasn't expecting. After Frank and Pauline had spent a few hours together on her boat, they get to a pub where Pauline encounters a limping man that makes her worried and nervous. The limping man turns out to be George, who is the stage manager of the theatre. We find that Helena is Kendall's ex-wife and is an actress at the theatre, and where Pauline works too. Inspector Braddock and Cameron search Kendall's which is where they find out about his ex-wife, whom they interview. They also find photographs of a few women, one of whom is Pauline. As we find out during the film, Pauline was helping Kendall with the running of a smuggling operation.

The police have a job on their hands as they can't find any record of Kendall Brown. So, what we have is a murder mystery where you don't actually find out what has actually happened until very near the end of the film. Moira Lister, who plays Pauline French, plays a complicated lady and it is interesting to see how she deals with not only Franklin, but with the Police and George too.


My thoughts

I found this an interesting film to watch. It is very well written and directed. Though quite dark and mysterious, it's one of them films you need to concentrate on really as the storyline can be easy to lose track of if you don't follow the story. However, I found the plot intriguing and fascinating. The ending certainly wasn't what I was expecting. Although a British made film with British actors in it, American star Lloyd Bridges plays the lead role. Leslie Phillips is known for his debonair roles and the type of man that the ladies love. But he plays a rather serious part in this film. I found this quite refreshing. I've not seen many of his early films, but it was good to see another side of him.

Although this is a B-movie, I found it interesting and enjoyable to watch. Alan Wheatley and Leslie Phillips, who play the detectives from Scotland Yard, work well together and seem to have a good connection through the film. And the shots at the theatre is fascinating to watch. This is a really well-written murder mystery that had me interested all the way through. There is tension and drama towards the end of the film, and I found this interesting that it left me wondering what was going to happen next.

© 2017 Louise Powles


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      Tamara Moore 

      16 months ago

      I love old movies in that the storylines are usually very meaningful, and the movies, themselves, are very classy as opposed to today's movies.

      I am interested in finding the movie, "The Laughing Man". I read the book, and it was a stunning read. Not predictable whatsoever- a real shocker!

      Thank you for such excellent reviews! I might try to find this movie, above.



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      Kari Poulsen 

      16 months ago from Ohio

      I have not heard of this, but I do like Lloyd Bridges. I should look it up. :)

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      16 months ago from USA

      You are definitely the queen of old movies. I'd never heard of his but enjoyed your review.

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      Claire Raymond 

      16 months ago from UK

      Sounds pretty good, you have convinced me to give older films a go now!


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