The Limping Man Film Review
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.
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.
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