November 24, 2014

Films

The Voice of Merrill – 1952 | 83 mins | Drama, Thriller | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

The Voice of Merrill

Hammer veteran John Gilling constructs an ingenious but confusing thriller concerning three people who become implicated in the murder of a young female blackmailer. The suspense mounts to a dramatic climax that’s almost as much a surprise as the high quality of this low-budget film. Gilling’s direction fails to unravel the convoluted script or sustain suspense, and apart from James Robertson Justice’s abhorrent author, the remainder of the acting talent is at best workmanlike.

The murder of a blackmailing secretary brings forth three main suspects. The three under suspicion are the girl’s publisher employer; Ronald Parker (Henry Kendall); Jonathan Roach (James Robertson Justice), a skilful established writer; and his frustrated wife Alycia Roach (Valerie Hobson.) Jonathan is a literary snob who disdains everything and everybody, and when his wife Alycia meets struggling mystery writer Hugh Allen (Edward Undertown), she is propelled into an affair by her loveless marriage. She proceeds to help him Hugh with his ascending career through a series of B.B.C. broadcasts really written by her unwitting and terminally ill husband. Meanwhile, the police, led by Inspector Thornton (Garry Marsh), are still investigating the murder. When Jonathan dies in suspicious circumstances, Hugh tells his lover that he will confess to the murder – she tries to stop him.

Production Team

C Wilfred Arnold: Art Direction
Gordon Pilkington: Film Editing
Joan Carpenter: Makeup Department
Gerry Fairbanks: Makeup Department
Frank Cordell: Original Music
Robert S. Baker: Producer
Monty Berman: Producer
Gerald Landeau: Script
John Gilling: Script
Bill Bulkley: Sound Department
George Burgess: Sound Department

Cast

Valerie Hobson: Alycia Roach
Edward Underdown: Hugh
James Robertson Justice: Jonathan
Henry Kendall: Ronald Parker
Garry Marsh: Inspector Thornton
Daniel Wherry: Pierce
Sam Kydd: Sergeant Baker



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