Appointment with Crime
|Appointment with Crime|
|Directed by||John Harlow|
|Produced by||Louis H. Jackson|
|Written by||John Harlow|
|Music by||George Melachrino|
|Edited by||Monica Kimick|
|Distributed by||Anglo-American Film Corporation (UK)
Four Continents Films Inc. (US)
Leo Martin (Hartnell) works for a criminal gang run by Gus Loman (Lovell) that primarily uses a smash and grab tactic. During one particular risky robbery heist, Leo breaks the window at a jewelry store only to have his wrists broken by a gate falling. He is soon caught and brought to prison to serve his term. Throughout his stay, Leo does not reveal who he is working for to the authorities but instead serves his time angered by Gus for running out on him during the robbery.
When Leo is released he returns to Gus to obtain a job. Gus harshly rebuffs him and points out how Leo’s injured wrists would prevent him from working as a thief. This leads to Leo to seek complete vengeance against Gus. He decides to frame Gus for murder by stealing his gun and murdering a cab driver. He manages to provide himself with an alibi to avoid any prosecution. During this scheme he meets Carol Dane (Howard) who is unaware of his true nature. The two begin a romance. Later, he confronts Gus with the understanding that if he does not give Leo money, Leo will hand over the gun to the police.
After Gus gives Leo his money he contacts Gregory Lang (Lom) who he is actually working under. Gregory is an antiques dealer who hired Gus to steal jewelry and art pieces for him. Meanwhile, Leo learns that Detective Inspector Rogers is investigating the murder case. He attempts to assure Rogers that he is attempting to live a life away from crime but Rogers continues to question Leo’s character and whereabouts during the night of the murder.
Things begin to go downhill when Leo and Gregory learn that it was actually Gregory’s gun that was used rather than Gus’. Gregory becomes upset and has his companion plot to murder Gus while forcefully threatening Leo. Leo’s wrists are crushed again but he and Gus reach a deal for Leo to bring back the gun and steal a jewel. All the while, Rogers uncovers more and more clues.
When Leo steals the jewel and brings back the gun to Gregory, a gunfight ensues leaving Gregory dead. As Leo jumps on the train to run away with Carol, she confronts him about his lies. Soon after, Rogers arrives after finally learning that Leo murdered the cab driver. He prepares to apprehend Leo but Leo tries to jump out of the train window only to have the window slam shut on his wrists.
- William Hartnell as Leo Martin
- Raymond Lovell as Gus Loman
- Robert Beatty as Detective Inspector Rogers
- Herbert Lom as Gregory Lang
- Joyce Howard as Carol Dane
- Alan Wheatley as Noel Penn
- Cyril Smith as Detective Sergeant Charlie Weeks
- Elsie Wagstaff as Mrs. Wilkins
- Ian Fleming as Prison governor
- Wally Patch as Joe Fisher (garage manager)
- Ian McLean as Detective Mason
It was the 12th most popular film at the British box office in 1946 after The Wicked Lady, The Bells of St. Mary's, Piccadilly Incident, The Captive Heart, Road to Utopia, Caravan, Anchors Away, The Corn is Green, Gilda, The House on 92nd Street and The Overlanders.
- "Appointment with Crime (1946)".
- "Hollywood Sneaks In 15 Films on '25 Best' List of Arty Britain". The Washington Post. 15 Jan 1947. p. 2.