Emergency Call – 1952 | 90mins | Drama | B&W
Lewis Gilbert directed this medical thriller about a police inspector’s frantic search for a donor with a rare blood type willing to save a young girl’s life. The hospital’s chief surgeon Dr. Carter (Anthony Steel), aided by Scotland Yard’s Inspector Lane (Jack Warner), launch a nationwide hunt to save the leukaemia sufferer’s life.
The assignment brings the inspector into contact with three very different potential candidates. The three people must be persuaded to make a donation despite their reservations: George (Earl Cameron), is a black sailor about to depart for the Orient, and questions whether he should give blood to a white girl because of a wartime incident; he soon relents and agrees to help. Tim (Freddie Mills), a boxer in trouble with his manager (Sid James) for refusing to throw the big fight is rescued from an awkward situation by the patient’s mothers appeal for his help. Finally the police must trace Jackson (Geoffrey Hibbert), a murderer who has been a fugitive for 12 years. After the criminal is trapped and dying from a gunshot wound, he must decide whether to risk sacrificing his blood for the young girl, or wait to receive hospital treatment and face an impending death penalty.