1961 / UK / 101 min. / B&W
Director: Basil Dearden
Dirk Bogarde, Sylvia Syms, Dennis Price, Norman Bird Nigel Stock, Charles Lloyd-Pack
It seems increasingly strange that someone could be blackmailed for something as pedestrian as his sexuality but 1961 was another country and both the law and popular morality may have been asses, but it was the law. Bogarde is perfectly cast as the blackmail victim and the supporting cast equally strong and measured. In the end, though, it works today because it is great drama and its story of moral courage in the face of greater injustice is universal. Today it doesn’t actually matter why Farr is being blackmailed, it’s how he fights back that keeps our attention.