A young boy dies while playing in the ruins of a London neighbourhood destroyed during the blitz.
His friend, who was with him at the time and blames himself, is blackmailed by a murderer on the run and is forced to steal from his parents to fund the fugitive’s escape or be accused of causing his friend’s death.
A typical example of the many dour dramas churned out by postwar British cinema.
Exploiting the period’s austere atmosphere and run-down landscapes, it owes much to such Hollywood “child in peril” pictures as The Window.
In his second film as writer/director, J Lee Thompson would have done better to focus on the relationship between timid pre-teen Andrew Ray and fugitive killer William Sylvester, but he can’t resist throwing in a social message and a family crisis that slows the action and dilutes the suspense.
Kenneth More flops as the doting dad, but Kathleen Ryan makes a monstrously shrewish mother.
Sunday School Teacher
Mrs Jessie Stokes
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J. Lee Thompson