The Painted Smile

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The Painted Smile
"The Painted Smile" (1962).jpg
Original British quad poster
Directed by Lance Comfort
Produced by Tom Blakeley
Written by Pip Baker
Jane Baker
Based on an original idea by Brock Williams
Starring Liz Fraser
Kenneth Griffith
Music by Martin Slavin
Cinematography Basil Emmott
Edited by John Trumper
Blakeley's Films (M/C) Ltd.
Colorama Features
Mancunian Film
Distributed by Planet Film Distributors (UK)
Release date
May 1962 (UK)
Running time
60 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English

The Painted Smile is a 1962 British thriller film directed by Lance Comfort and starring Liz Fraser, Kenneth Griffith, Peter Reynolds and Tony Wickert.[1][2] The film was known in the U.S. as Murder Can be Deadly.[3]


Tom, a student, comes under suspicion of murder when he discovers a dead body in the flat of con artist Jo. When he accidentally touches the murder weapon, Jo convinces him it's in his interest to dispose of the body. The victim was Jo's partner in crime who's been killed by a Soho gang leader. However, the suspicions of the police are aroused and Tom becomes the obvious suspect.


Critical reception[edit]

The Radio Times wrote, "this dreadfully dull British B-movie makes its brief running time seem like an eternity";[4] while Cinedelica called the film "engaging and without a dull moment. Good stuff."[5]


  1. ^ "The Painted Smile (1961)". BFI. 
  2. ^ "Painted Smile". 
  3. ^ "Murder Can Be Deadly". 
  4. ^ David Parkinson. "The Painted Smile". RadioTimes. 
  5. ^ "Cinedelica: DVD review: The Painted Smile (1962) / Rag Doll (1958)". 

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