Will our young lovers get together before the end as he has to get back to his ship to collect his things before they make a go of it in Scotland? We also get old timers David Lodge with a brassy blonde (Margaret Nolan) in every port, and Irishman Nigel Green who wants to drink a lot. There is also Australian Lee (John Bonney) who meets the very annoying vegan anarchist hippie Heather Sears - less of her role would have been nice. It all adds up to a fascinating package, fitting in pop group The Searchers too, and is like an early '60s remake of the 1950 POOL OF LONDON, and fits in nicely with those other early '60s dramas reviewed here: A PLACE TO GO, WEST 11, THE LEATHER BOYS. THE SYSTEM, FOUR IN THE MORNING etc, as per labels. SATURDAY NIGHT OUT has been too long unseen but now has a nice dvd release with informative booklet, like THE MARK below.
The city medical team headed by Basil Dignam try to contain the disease by finding all the contacts. Bloom also falls ill, but she - the good wife - recovers, aided by priest Cyril Cusack. The faithless wife however has run away with an old flame and also falls victim and has to isolate herself from the others .... it is all a very British drama, lacking the punch of the recent CONTAGION, but Bloom shines here, and would be teamed with Johnson again in that year's superior THE HAUNTING. Dependables Kay Walsh, Norman Bird, Ursula Howells lend good support, with good Scope and black and white photography. Bath is seen as a working city here not the heritage site it is now.
This was actually filmed in Ireland, though set in England, and is a very topical subject now, featuring a child molester released back into the community, but will he re-offend or is he “cured”? Can nice Maria Schell trust him with her young daughter? He is the surprise casting of Stuart Whitman, quietly effective here in contrast to his usual contract fare at 20th Century Fox, like THE COMMANCHEROS. Rod Steiger too goes to town on the role of his psychiatrist, a role he attacks with relish. The good supporting cast includes Brenda De Banzie, Donald Wolfit, Donald Houston, Paul Rogers. We see Whitman after his 3 years in prison settle in a new town with a new position and fall in love with Schell. Things are fine until a child is molested and beaten in the town and the police pick him up for questioning. He has an alibi but a reporter who covered his former trial recognizes him,… can he re-gain the trust he has earned? Whitman earned an Academy Award nomination for best actor, but ironically lost to Maximilian Schell, the brother of Maria, his co-star here. Directed by Guy Green it is a good example of those black and white Cinemascope 20th Century Fox films of the time. Green of course photographed Lean’s GREAT EXPECTATIONS and the photography here is exemplary too. A downbeat drama that repays viewing and is surprisingly topical now with lots of child abuse stories in the media.