|THE WAY OUT (DIAL 999) (director/writer: Montgomery Tully; screenwriter: based on a story by Bruce Graeme; cinematographer: Philip Grinndrod; editor: Geoffrey Miller; music: Richard Taylor; cast: Gene Nelson (Greg Carradine), Mona Freeman (Terry Moffat Carradine), Michael Goodliffe (John Moffat), John Bentley (Det. Sgt. Seagrave), Michael Golden (The Chief Inspector), Paula Byrne (Vera Bellamy), Sydney Tafler (Alf Cressett), Charles Victor (Tom Smithers), Arthur Lovegrove (George, Bar Owner), Cyril Chamberlain (Anderson, murder victim); Runtime: 90; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Alec Snowden; RKO; 1955-UK)|
Freeman are American stars, who made films in
Great Britain to try and revive their waning
by Dennis Schwartz
Great Britain it was originally released as Dial 999
(which is the emergency number to Scotland Yard).
Brit director Montgomery Tully ("Glass
Tomb"/"Battle Beneath The Earth"/"I Only Asked") bases
it on a story by Bruce Graeme.
Carradine (Gene Nelson) tells his wife Terry
(Mona Freeman) he's being pursued by the cops for
murdering his bookie while he was in a drunken stupor.
He claims to be innocent and is being framed. Since he
convinces her of his innocence, Terry and her
brother-in-law (Michael Goodliffe) hide
him, but when trying to reconstruct the crime scene
and trying to find the real killer it becomes evident
he's guilty. When Greg no longer has their support,
he's killed when he's run over in the street fleeing
much of a story, but it successfully builds suspense
and shows how manipulative desperate folks can be and
how they sometimes can take others for a ride with
their duplicity. Nelson and Freeman are American
stars, who made films in Great Britain to try and
revive their waning careers. Both give fine
performances, in an otherwise plodding unimportant
REVIEWED ON 9/22/2014 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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