Town on Trial

Synopsis: When an attractive young girl is murdered, suspicion falls on several members of the local tennis club. It falls to Police Inspector Halloran to sort out all the red herrings, and finally after a confrontation at the top of the local church spire, arrest the culprit. Another fascinating look at what life was like in Britain during the 50's,
96 min

- Not yet, sir.

- Why not?

Well, sir, I thought we might...

- Beale! Get a cast of these footprints right away.

- Yes, sir.

- Who found her?

- A couple of kids, early this morning.

- Death certificate?

- John Fenner, a local GP.

He estimated the time of death

at around 10 pm last night.

- Who's doing the post mortem?

- County pathologist, over at the hospital now.

Here are some shots of the body.

Would you like to take a look at her?

Why? She's dead, isn't she?

I'd like to see where she lived.

- Attractive.

- Very popular with the men.

Hmm, not with the women, eh?

Tidy little girl.

- What school's that?

- Harrow.

The Morgue.

All good stuff.

Poems by Rupert Brooke.

Well, this one's a little out of place.

"With love from Peter Crowley."

Crowley? He's a member of the sports club.

He probably met her there.

What about this sports club?

Usual thing, dance every Monday,

a raffle at Christmas.

- Respectable?

- Very.

"And Aholah played the harlot

when she was mine,

"and she doted on her lovers,

and they discovered her wickedness,

"and slew her with the sword,

"And she became

famous among women

"for judgment had been

executed upon her."


- Who's the other girl?

- Looks like the Dixon girl.

- The men?

- I wouldn't know.

Dixon's a big noise in this town.

He's on the town council,

he'll probably be mayor next year.

Uh-huh. Know who he is?

That's Peter Crowley, sir.


- Peter, this gentleman's...

- I'm a police officer.

I'd like to ask you

a few questions.

- I hope you're not going to upset him.

- All right, Mrs Crowley.

- You see...

- Thank you.

- He's not himself today.

- Oh, Mother, please.

- What's this, a 350?

- Yes, that's right.

- What happened to the Triumph?

- I sold it.

Were you in love with Molly Stevens?

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Robert Westerby

Robert Westerby (born 3 July 1909 in Hackney, England, died 16 November 1968 in Los Angeles County, California, United States), was an author of novels (published by Arthur Barker of London) and screenwriter for films and television. An amateur boxer in his youth, he wrote many early magazine articles and stories centred around that sport. As a writer of screenplays, he was employed at Disney's Burbank studio from 1961 until his death in 1968.Westerby's 1937 novel Wide Boys Never Work, a story of the criminal underworld before the Second World War, was the earliest published use of the word "wide boy". In 1956 the book was made into the British film Soho Incident (released in the United States as Spin a Dark Web). In 2008 London Books republished Wide Boys Never Work as part of their London Books classics series. His account of his early life was entitled A Magnum for my Mother (1946). To the British public, a magnum just meant a large bottle of champagne. However, in the USA it could suggest a type of handgun, so it was retitled Champagne for Mother (1947). more…

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