An Inspector Calls (film)
|An Inspector Calls|
|Directed by||Guy Hamilton|
|Produced by||A. D. Peters|
|Written by||Desmond DavisJ.B. Priestley (play)
|Music by||Francis Chagrin|
(as Ted Scaife)
|Editing by||Alan Osbiston|
|Distributed by||British Lion Film Corporation
Associated Artists Productions
|Release dates||16 March 1954 (London)
25 November 1954 (USA)
|Running time||80 minutes|
An Inspector Calls is a 1954 film directed by Guy Hamilton and written for the screen by Desmond Davis. It is based upon a play of the same name by J.B. Priestley. It stars Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham, and Brian Worth.
Set in 1912, a dinner party held by the upper-class Birling family is interrupted by Police Inspector Poole, investigating the suicide of a lower class girl Eva Smith whose death is linked to each family member. In the original play, the Inspector's name was Inspector Goole.
Although the play never shows Eva Smith, the film is opened up to show - in flashbacks - each member of the family's involvement in Smith's life. The relationships between Eva and Gerald, and later, Eric, are smoothed over in accordance to the censorship of the day. Still, enough elements are retained to give the viewer a good idea of the depth of involvements.
In the play, Eva is first fired for being involved in a strike; in the film, she is simply fired for suggesting that the wages requested were necessary to live on. Similarly, in the play, Sheila is trying on a dress when the incident with Eva occurs in the shop; in the film, the incident is over a hat.
The film makes Inspector Poole out to be more explicitly "supernatural" than does the play. In the play, he is ushered in by the maid, while in the film he simply appears suddenly in the room, accompanied by an ominous chord in the background music. Likewise, at the end, when the family receives the phone call presumably from the Inspector, Poole is still supposedly in the house, but when the family checks to see if he is there, they find an empty chair.
- Alastair Sim as Inspector Poole (Known as Inspector Goole in the book)
- Jane Wenham as Eva Smith
- Brian Worth as Gerald Croft
- Eileen Moore as Sheila Birling
- Olga Lindo as Sybil Birling
- Arthur Young as Arthur Birling
- Bryan Forbes as Eric Birling
- Norman Bird as Foreman Jones-Collins
- Charles Saynor as Police Sergeant Arnold Ransom
- John Welsh as Mr. Timmon: Hat Sales Manager
- Barbara Everest as Mrs. Lefson: Charity Committee Woman
- George Woodbridge as Stanley: Fish & Chips Shop Owner
- George Cole as conductor on tram
- A.W. (26 November 1954). "An Inspector Calls (1954) At the Plaza". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-09.
- "An Inspector Calls". The Internet Broadway Database. 2008. Retrieved 2008-09-18.
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