Girl in the News

Synopsis: Nurse Anne Graham is controversially - but rightly - acquitted of murder after her elderly patient dies in suspicious circumstances. Changing her name she gets a position nursing wheelchair-bound Edward Bentley, little suspecting that his wife and the butler are lovers setting Anne up so that when Bentley is found dead it looks like a repeat of the earlier case.
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Director(s): Carol Reed
Production: VCI Entertainment
78 min

- Is that the key?

It is, my lord.

I came to the conclusion that death was

due to an overdose of Somenol,

- administered several hours before.

- Now, doctor,

you told us that your patient was

bedridden for nearly eighteen months

Would you say it would be possible, for

a woman in her condition

to leave her bed unassisted?

In my opinion, no.

In my opinion old Miss Blaker wasn't


My nephew keeps a greengrocer's shop

at Claw Hill so he knows all about it

And he will have it Nurse Graham never

did it.

Lost a lot of customers through arguing

the point, he did.

You see it's not often we get a murder

case down here.

Caused quite a furore in the district,

did it, sir.

They say the case may be over

this afternoon.

Do you think this Nurse Graham will

get off, sir?

I don't know, I'm sure I haven't

followed it.

Oh, thought perhaps you were in

Alminster for the Assizes.

- No.

- Oh, just passing through?

- Mm-hm

- If you're in a commercial line

we've a tidy few commercials

Why don't you look what you're doing,

instead of jabbering about?!

- I'll put some of this on it

- No, it's alright, I'll just pay you.

It's these glasses sir, I think I need

a new pair.

- Yes, why don't you get some?

- I'm going to, next early closing

- I am sorry, sir

- Alright, goodbye

Thank you, I do apologise

But the evidence against her is purely

circumstantial! The doctor has given it

as his opinion, that the dead woman

couldn't have left her bed.

But it was only an opinion! He couldn't

swear that it wasn't possible!

Closing speech for the defence.

If the prisoner were guilty, if she

were guilty I say, what would it imply?

That this girl hears that she's to

receive a trifling legacy,

when a helpless old woman dies. And so,

within a few hours murders her

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Sidney Gilliat

Sidney Gilliat (15 February 1908 – 31 May 1994) was an English film director, producer and writer. He was the son of George Gilliat, editor of the Evening Standard, born in the district of Edgeley in Stockport, Cheshire. In the 1930s he worked as a scriptwriter, most notably with Frank Launder on The Lady Vanishes (1938) for Alfred Hitchcock, and its sequel Night Train to Munich (1940), directed by Carol Reed. He and Launder made their directorial debut co-directing the home front drama Millions Like Us (1943). From 1945 he also worked as a producer, starting with The Rake's Progress, which he also wrote and directed. He and Launder made over 40 films together, founding their own production company Individual Pictures. While Launder concentrated on directing their comedies, most famously the four St Trinian's School films, Gilliat showed a preference for comedy-thrillers and dramas, including Green for Danger (1946), London Belongs to Me (1948) and State Secret (1950). He wrote the libretto for Malcolm Williamson's opera Our Man in Havana, based on the novel by Graham Greene. He had also worked on the film. more…

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