Double Exposure Film Details
Overview: A chance photograph may reveal a murderer’s identity – and someone’s after the photographer!
Review: A private inquiry agent called Pete Fleming (John Bentley) is assigned to uncover the whereabouts of a photographer, Barbara Leyland (Rona Anderson), by her boss Denis Clayton (Alexander Gauge). The PI’s suspicions are aroused because, at the time she disappeared, Barbara had been taking pictures at the site of Clayton’s flat where his wife had fallen to her death from a top storey window. The $100,000,000 question, as always, is did she fall or was she pushed? Fleming believes that Barbara’s photographs may provide a vital clue as to the identity of a murderer and that Clayton wants to be both rid of her and the incriminating pictures. It transpires that Clayton is heavily in debt to a bookmaker and the pair brought about his wife’s death when he stole some jewelry belonging to her as security for a gambling debt. When she tried to take them back, they pushed her out of the window. These revelations put Fleming and Barbara’s life in grave danger and Clayton is himself murdered before the climatic showdown in a warehouse in the London docklands… A largely routine thriller which is par for the quota quickie course. It suffers from predictable plot development and director John Gilling fails to generate any tension or suspense. The most enjoyable aspects of it are the pleasant black and white location shooting in the city of Winchester, Hampshire, England and the engaging chemistry between the leads Bentley and Anderson. The pair gradually start to fall in love although, initially, the latter is irritated by him and the way Bentley’s character acts the cad to win her affections is quite amusing. Garry Marsh also has his moments in the role of John Bentley’s absent minded boss. There are some interesting faces to look out for in the supporting cast; including Doris Hare, playing a policewoman, who would later become famous for playing Reg Varney’s mum in the classic British sitcom On The Buses as well as the versatile character players John Horsley and Frank Forsyth who were familiar faces in many a British film. Director John Gilling would go on to do better things for the British horror wave like The Flesh And The Fiends and, later for Hammer, The Shadow Of The Cat, The Plague Of The Zombies and The Reptile.
Duration: 61 min
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Also known as: Der Mann im Rücksitz,Double Exposure