The Films of Petula Clark
Murder in Reverse
(Query)


Released October 1945 [UK]
Crime/Thriller - 88 minutes

SYNOPSIS:
Ex-convict tracks down the man he was supposed to have killed.
Based on the novel Query by Seamark.

CAST:

Tom Masterick...................
Peter Rogers....................
Doris Masterick.................
Fred Smith......................
Sullivan........................
Jill Masterick..................
Jill Masterick (as child).......


William Hartnell
Jimmy Hanley
Chili Bouchier
John Slater
Brefni O'Rourke
Dinah Sheridan
Petula Clark


FILM NOTES:
  • Written and directed by Montgomery Tull
  • A British National Film
  • Made at National Studios, Elstree, UK

REVIEWS:
  • Full entertainment potentialities are extracted from a novel plot-twist in Britain's "Murder in Reverse," a taut melodramathat has a man sentenced to jail for a murder which, despite outward apperances, he never committed. In the picture's famour, in its development it avoids resorting to the many artifices and cliches that often find their way into a mystery-thriller. Also, as it goes on to its suspenceful climax, some intriguing character studies emerge.
         It is a different type of film that sustains interest throughout and despite an inner-turbulence of theme, has restrained performances throughout. Also blended into the story is a pleasing romantic angle involving Dinah Sheridan and Jimmy Hanley.
    Motion Picture Herald - 28 December, 1946

  •      Seamark's well known story "Query" has been admirably adapted to the screen and poses with full dramatic force the question as to what happens to a man who has served a sentence for manslaughter, finds that his victim is alive after his release from prison and then really kills him.
         Billy Harnell gives a fine performance as the wrongly-convicted stevedore who chased the man who seduced his wife and was convicted of murder with a strong recommendation to mercy. Chili Bouchier is very good as his unfaithful wife and Jimmy Hanley is bright and refreshingly jejeune as a young reporter who is sent after the story by his editor on the alledged murderer's release. Actually the latter had adopted the daughter of the convicted man, played with charm by Dinah Sheridan (as a child she is played by little Petula Clark)--and the reporter is in love with her.
         Montgomery Tully's direction is imaginative but forceful and carries with it a sense of the French cinematic interpretation such as was instanced in "Quai des Brumes."
    Picturegoer - 10 November, 1945

    . . .Harsh, well-directed thriller.
    British Sound Films - 1984
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