The Night Won\’t Talk Film Details
Overview: An artist’s model is murdered. Police suspect her fiancé and his new lover.
Review: ….scream the headlines – there seemed to be something about murder movies set in the glamorous world of upmarket Chelsea which attracted movie goers like a magnet. Maybe it was a case of murder and death could also come to the rich and famous as well as the poor and underprivileged!! With the dynamic duo of Brock Williams (script) and Daniel Birt (direction) behind the scenes, this was an intelligent though actionless talkie thriller and left the viewer in no doubt as to the perpetrator. Stella Smith, a Chelsea artist’s model is found murdered and the three likely suspects sure are jittery!! They are Kenneth Wills, who had last used Stella as a model just a few hours before, Martin Soames, secretary of the Portrait Painters Club and whom the police dub a highly unlikeable character and Clayton Hawkes. Hawkes is the most intriguing character, he was engaged to the beautiful Hazel – until Stella came along. He and Stella also had a blazing row at the local artist’s café only the night before and Hawkes also suffers from that malady so beloved of crime writers – the “occasional blackout syndrome”!! He’s suffering from that this morning and Hazel volunteers to help him through but someone else also offers their services!! She is exotic artist Theodora Castle (Hy Hazell) who seems to be the only calm voice of reason when everyone around her is losing their heads!! – but is she?? Hy Hazell stands out as a very solid performer (maybe because she is the only one who doesn’t act like she has something to hide). Her real name was Hyacinth (believe it or not) and she was mainly a musical star who was billed as Britain’s answer to Betty Grable until the lean 1950s found her doing time in those dreaded quickies!! Mary Germain played Hazel (not very imaginative) and was a Sally Grey lookalike. She was only 18 and gave a good performance but her career was sparse and she soon disappeared from the screen. At only just over 50 minutes there is not a lot of time for characterization – Stella has been busy and the police find she has married and divorced the creepy Soames in her dim, dark past but even though the police are initially interested, Soames doesn’t rate a second glance!!
Duration: 61 min
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Also known as: The Night Won’t Talk