The Walking Stick
|The Walking Stick|
|Directed by||Eric Till|
|Produced by||Elliott Kastner
Alan Ladd, Jr.
|Written by||Winston Graham (novel)
|Music by||Stanley Myers|
|Release dates||June 10, 1970 (US)|
|Running time||96 minutes|
The novel was made into a 1970 film, directed by Eric Till and starring David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar. "Cavatina" was used as the film's theme, eight years before the piece became famous as the theme for The Deer Hunter.
The film tells the story of a young woman, 26-year-old Deborah Dainton (Samantha Eggar), who has a limp as a result of suffering from polio. Her rigid and controlled life is transformed when she meets a handsome stranger called Leigh Hartley (David Hemmings) at a party. After developing a friendship, romance soon blossoms and for the very first time in her life Deborah feels happy.
This happiness does not last long as she soon discovers Leigh has been lying to her about his life. Leigh and his accomplices are planning to rob the antiques shop where Deborah works. They require her knowledge of the shop in order to pull the robbery off.
- David Hemmings as Leigh Hartley
- Samantha Eggar as Deborah Dainton
- Emlyn Williams as Jack Foil
- Phyllis Calvert as Erica Dainton
- Ferdy Mayne as Douglas Dainton
- Francesca Annis as Arabella Dainton
- Bridget Turner as Sarah Dainton
- Dudley Sutton as Ted Sandymount
- John Woodvine as Bertie Irons
- Basil Henson as Inspector Malcolm
- Anthony Nicholls as Lewis Maud
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