The Painted Smile

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  • 1961
  • 56 hr
  • 5.8  (193)

The Painted Smile, released in 1962, is a gripping British thriller that tells the story of a struggling young comedian named Sammy Lee (Peter Reynolds). Sammy has been given a lucrative opportunity to perform at a seedy Soho nightclub, knowing that his career could turn around in an instant, he jumps at the chance. However, he soon realizes that this could be the biggest mistake of his life.

The film takes place over the course of one day, as Sammy scrambles to raise money to pay off a dangerous bookie he owes, while still managing to make it to his evening performance. Despite everything against him, he is convinced that he can make it happen, because for him more than anything, success is the ultimate objective.

As the clock ticks down, Sammy is pulled deeper into a game of fate, filled with villains, gamblers, and women of uncertain loyalty. He can trust no one, and even the streets that once felt like home have become a danger zone. The darker the night gets, the higher the stakes become.

The Painted Smile also stars Liz Fraser as Patsy, Sammy's ex-girlfriend trying to start a life without him, and Kenneth Griffith as the sadistic villain, Stringer, who has a personal vendetta against Sammy. The cast is rounded out by a supporting cast of brilliant character actors, making the film truly ensemble in nature.

One of the standout elements of The Painted Smile is the way it captures the dingy, seedy, and dangerous world of 1960s London. The director, Lance Comfort, masterfully creates a setting that feels both stifling and claustrophobic, but also both alive and unpredictable. Between the unpredictable danger and thrilling unpredictability of the narrative, the look and feel of the film serves as the perfect backdrop.

The music of the film adds a certain level of excitement to the drama as well. Sam Fonteyn and Edrich Siebert teamed up to deliver a jazz-laden soundtrack that sets the mood and pacing for the entire movie. The music beautifully captures the mood and underscores the tension, providing a well-crafted accompaniment to the story.

The Painted Smile has often been compared to seminal films of the era such as the 1960 John Wayne film The Alamo, and Johnny Stool Pigeon from 1949, and is considered a staple in the genre of British film noir. The film perfectly embodies the thrill and danger of the period in which it was filmed, and can be seen as a reflection of the history that spawned it.

In conclusion, The Painted Smile is a gripping and thrilling British thriller, with excellent performances from all of its talented actors. The film features a masterful use of music and imagery, and a story that keeps viewers on edge throughout the entirety of the movie. Though it may not be as well-known as some of its contemporaries, it remains a masterful piece of cinema, and a must-see for fans of classic film noir.

The Painted Smile is a 1961 thriller with a runtime of 56 hours. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8.

The Painted Smile
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  • Runtime
    56 hr
  • IMDB Rating
    5.8  (193)