Portrait of Alison

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This article is about the film. For the TV series, see Portrait of Alison (TV series).
Portrait of Alison
Postmark for Danger poster.jpg
Directed by Guy Green
Produced by Frank Godwin
Tony Owen
Written by Guy Green
Ken Hughes
Francis Durbridge (story)
Starring Terry Moore
Robert Beatty
William Sylvester
Music by John Veale
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Peter Taylor
Insignia Films
Distributed by Anglo-Amalgamated
RKO Pictures (US)
Release date
  • 18 January 1956 (1956-01-18) (US)[1]
Running time
84 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Portrait of Alison is a 1956 British atmospheric crime film directed by Guy Green. It was based on a BBC television series Portrait of Alison which aired the same year. In the United States the film was released as Postmark for Danger.[2]


The film opens with a car plunging over a cliff in Italy. The killed driver is newspaperman Lewis Forrester. The woman with him is supposedly Alison Ford, an actress. But she wasn’t actually in the car and turns up later in England to try and solve what was in truth a murder to shut the newspaper man up, not an accident. She solicits the help of Forrester's brother, Tim, an artist. Then, as the story unfolds, a number of mysterious, unsolved questions keep emerging, along with two more murders and a suicide. And before it's over it has been learned that an international ring of diamond thieves is at the bottom of everything, that no less than four of the major characters are part of it, and that an independent blackmailer is at work as well.


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  1. ^ "Postmark for Danger: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved 2 June 2014. 
  2. ^ Synopsis by Hal Erickson (1956-01-18). "Postmark for Danger (1956) - Guy Green | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related". AllMovie. Retrieved 2016-07-05. 

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