The October Man

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"The Great Star of "Great Expectations" at His Greatest!"
  • NR
  • 1948
  • 1 hr 35 min
  • 7.0  (1,459)

The October Man is a 1947 British film noir directed by Roy Ward Baker and starring John Mills, Joan Greenwood, and Edward Chapman. The film follows a man named Jim Ackland (Mills) who is recovering in a hospital after being injured in a bus accident that killed a young girl. Following his release, he struggles to deal with the trauma of the accident and the guilt he feels over the girl's death.

Jim is a quiet, introverted man who keeps to himself, but he soon strikes up a friendship with his neighbor, Jenny Carden (Greenwood), who is also recovering from an illness. Jenny is kind and understanding, and Jim finds comfort in her company.

As Jim begins to put his life back together, he becomes embroiled in a mystery surrounding the death of a young woman named Julie, who was found strangled in her apartment. Jim had rented the apartment prior to Julie, and detectives begin to suspect him of the crime when they learn that he had a key to the apartment.

Although Jim is innocent, he finds that he must draw on all the strength he can muster to clear his name and find the true culprit. With the help of Jenny and his friend and neighbor, Mr. Peachy (Chapman), Jim sets out to solve the mystery and exonerate himself.

The October Man is a gripping and suspenseful film that explores themes of guilt, trauma, and redemption. John Mills delivers a powerful performance as Jim, conveying the character's internal struggle with a quiet intensity. Joan Greenwood is equally impressive as Jenny, providing a warm and sympathetic presence that contrasts with the gritty, noirish tone of the film.

The film is notable for its atmospheric cinematography and striking use of light and shadow, which help to create a sense of foreboding and tension throughout. The score by William Alwyn is also noteworthy, adding to the film's sense of mood and atmosphere.

Overall, The October Man is a memorable and engrossing film that exemplifies the best of British film noir. It is a must-see for fans of the genre and for anyone who appreciates intelligent and well-crafted cinema.

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    7.0  (1,459)