As an April Fool prank, taxi driver Tom Banning (Richard Attenborough) is led to an abandoned bomb-site by an eight-year-old girl. The youngster is later found murdered and Manning is picked up by Scotland Yard for questioning.
Convinced that they have found their killer, Tom is formally arrested and charged with murder.
His wife (Cathy O’Donnell) is convinced of his innocence, as some of the evidence could be construed as circumstantial but will this be enough when the trial is scheduled for London’s Old Bailey – or will an innocent man end up taking the “eight o’clock walk” (to the hangman) of the title?
The film was a collaboration of George King Productions and British Aviation Pictures Limited for The British Lion Film Corporation. Solid British film making at its best from both the cast and crew.
Geoffrey Tanner QC
Mr Justice Harrington
Totti Truman Taylor