Smokescreen (film)

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"Smokescreen" (1964).jpg
Lobby card autographed by Deryck Guyler
Directed by Jim O'Connolly
Produced by Ronald Liles
John I. Phillips
Written by Jim O'Connolly
Starring Peter Vaughan
John Carson
Yvonne Romain
Music by Johnny Gregory
Cinematography Jack Mills
Edited by Henry Richardson
Distributed by Butcher's Film Service
Release date
Running time
70 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Smokescreen is a 1964 British crime drama film, written and directed by Jim O'Connolly and starring Peter Vaughan.[1]


Mr. Roper, a senior insurance investigator, travels to Brighton to assess the mysterious death of a businessman, killed when his car crashes over a cliff. The insurance company are suspicious, as the man was insured for a large amount, but no body has been found.


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times wrote, "this above-average programme filler has a passable plot (involving a little bit of skulduggery in suburban Brighton) that's kept moving swiftly and painlessly by director Jim O'Connolly...Vaughan plays with a dogged determination that is efficient, engaging and quite at odds with the more sinister characterisations he would essay later in his career";[2] while BFI Screenonline wrote, "an utterly charming B-film comedy-thriller that emphasises character as much as plot and makes full use of extensive location footage." [3]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ "Smokescreen". BFI. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  2. ^ "Smokescreen". RadioTimes. Retrieved 17 October 2014. 
  3. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Smokescreen (1964)". Retrieved 17 October 2014.