Finger of Guilt

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  • 1956
  • 1 hr 24 min
  • 6.2  (630)

Finger of Guilt is a 1956 British crime drama film directed by Joseph Losey and starring Richard Basehart, Mary Murphy, and Constance Cummings. The story is about a hotel night clerk who is accused of a murder that he did not commit, and his attempts to clear his name. The film begins with a group of people attending a concert. Among them is Victor Rhyall (Richard Basehart), a night clerk at a nearby hotel. After the concert, Victor walks home and is stopped by the police, who bring him in for questioning about a murder that took place in the hotel where he works. Victor denies any knowledge of the murder, but the police are convinced that he is the culprit. With no alibi and a number of circumstantial pieces of evidence pointing against him, Victor finds himself the prime suspect.

Desperate to clear his name, Victor begins to investigate the murder himself. He sets out to find the real killer, using his skills as a hotel clerk to uncover clues and piece together the events leading up to the murder. Along the way, he encounters a number of suspects, including a wealthy businessman and his mistress, a jealous husband, and a troubled young woman.

As Victor delves deeper into the case, he begins to uncover a web of intrigue and deception. He discovers that the victim was involved in a number of shady deals and had enemies in high places. As he gets closer and closer to the truth, he realizes that his own life is in danger.

The performances in Finger of Guilt are excellent, particularly Richard Basehart in the lead role. He portrays Victor as a man pushed to his limits, desperate to clear his name and prove his innocence. Mary Murphy is also excellent as his love interest, and Constance Cummings is memorable as the victim's widow.

The film is shot in black and white, which adds to the atmospheric tone of the story. The use of shadows and light is particularly effective, creating a sense of danger and suspense throughout.

Finger of Guilt is a well-crafted crime drama that keeps the audience guessing until the very end. It is a classic example of the British noir genre, with its moody atmosphere and morally ambiguous characters. Fans of classic crime films will find much to enjoy in this understated gem from the 1950s.

Finger of Guilt is a 1956 drama with a runtime of 1 hour and 24 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.2.

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    1 hr 24 min
  • IMDB Rating
    6.2  (630)