This thought-provoking classic stars Dirk Bogarde as Melville Farr, a homosexual (but married) barrister who risks his career to hunt down a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is also being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr’s car.
After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men who are being extorted for money by the same blackmailer.
The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris (John Barrie) considers the sodomy law nothing more than an aid to blackmailers and helps Farr in calling his blackmailer’s bluff.
The movie, far ahead of its time, ends with Farr and his wife coming to terms with his homosexuality after the public exposure he faces in the blackmailer’s trial.
When Victim was released, it started a nationwide discussion about homosexuality (which was still illegal in Britain at the time) and associated blackmail and is credited with helping to decriminalise homosexuality in the UK.
Lord Charles Fullbrook
Charles Lloyd Pack
Detective Inspector Harris