Synopsis: A plea for reform of England's anti-sodomy statutes, this film pits Melville Farr, a married lawyer, against a blackmailer who has photos of Farr and a young gay man (who is being blackmailed and later commits suicide) in Farr's car. After the suicide, Farr tracks down other gay men being extorted for money by the same blackmailer. The well-educated police Detective Inspector Harris 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.
Genre: Drama
Director(s): Basil Dearden
Production: Park Circus
  Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. Another 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
90 min

Oh. So you've turned up again, boy.

Hello, Miss benham.

I want to see Mr. Doe.

- Is he in?

- I'll see.


So the prodigal has

returned, Miss benham.

Looked us up again, eh?

Can I speak to you?

Shall I say yes, or shall I say no?

Please, Harold.

All right. I don't hold malice.

Let's hear what you've got to say.

Come along. Why aren't you working?

- Got the afternoon off.

- Very nice.

Just going to make a cup of tea.

Harold, I want you to promise

me something. It's important.


Well, it's waited six months.

Surely it can wait a little longer.

No, it can't. It's got to be now.


Are you dictating to me?

Harold, listen, please.

I said "please" once, boy.

It didn't have much effect, did it?

- This is different.

- Oh, I see.

You've got to promise me

you'll never tell anyone.

Tell? Have I got anything to tell?

Well, yes. You remember.

Back last spring...

When I -When I left.

Oh, that.

Well, there's no fun in gossip

unless you can mention names.

You never did, did you?

Not that secrets don't have

a horrid way of leaking out.

Did you find out the name, Harold?

Did you? I must know!

What do you mean, "must"?

I don't think I'm going to

tell you. Just sweat it out.

I know what horrid imaginings are.

Now you're going to have your share.

You look at me as if you hate me.

That's a very good guess.

For God's sake, get out!

Come back when I'm in a better temper!

No, I'm sorry, Mr.

Barrett. Mr. Farr has left.

No, I haven't seen him since lunch.


Yes, I agree, but by inclination

we're all individualists.

Every man wants to

own his own business...

But the pressure of modern commerce...

Is gradually pushing the

independent trades out of existence.

Now, my plan is to let

them keep their autonomy...

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