The Long Dark Hall

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The Long Dark Hall
"The long Dark Hall" (1951).jpg
U.S. theatrical poster
Directed by
Produced by Peter Cusick
Written by Nunnally Johnson
Based on A Case to Answer
by Edgar Lustgarten
Music by Benjamin Frankel
Cinematography Wilkie Cooper
Edited by Tom Simpson
Cusick International Films Inc.
Distributed by United Artists
Release date
  • 6 February 1951 (1951-02-06) (UK)
Running time
86 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Long Dark Hall is a 1951 British (Brit-noir), mystery, suspense, courtroom-drama, crime film directed by Reginald Beck and Anthony Bushell and starring Rex Harrison, Lilli Palmer and Raymond Huntley. It was based on a novel A Case to Answer by Edgar Lustgarten. It was made at Walton Studios.

Plot summary[edit]

After a showgirl is found murdered shortly after she begins an affair with Arthur Groome, a married man, he becomes the prime suspect for the murder.[1]


Critical reception[edit]

In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "a very tidy murder drama arrived yesterday from England at the Rivoli Theater...An unusually literate and impressively acted film...It is English in setting and temperament, but international in its entertainment appeal. Thoughtful audiences should especially welcome this picture."[2]

When asked to name his "worst picture", Rex Harrison replied: "My worst picture? The Long Dark Hall would have to be near the top of the list."[3]


  1. ^ "BFI | Film & TV Database | The LONG DARK HALL (1951)". 16 April 2009. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  2. ^ Crowther, Bosley (10 May 1951). "Movie Review - The Long Dark Hall". The New York Times. Retrieved 5 April 2014. 
  3. ^ Reid, John. These Movies Won No Hollywood Awards. LuLu Press. p. 101. Retrieved 15 April 2015. 

External links[edit]

The Long Dark Hall at the Internet Movie Database