Director: Guy Hamilton
Starring: Alastair Sim, Jane Wenham, Arthur Young, Brian Worth, Eileen Moore, Olga Lindo, Bryan Forbes.
Writing Credits: Desmond Davis, J.B Priestley (play)
An Inspector Calls is set in 1912 during one evening as Inspector Poole quite suddenly arrives to the Birling family home, an upper class family who are in midst of a cosy dinner. He comes to investigate the suspected suicide of a working class girl named Eva Smith. Each member of the family recounts their stories of having been acquainted with Eva at some point in the last two years. The film is based upon a hugely successful play of the same name and what I see as bonus for the film is that here in the film it opens up as we meet Eva through the family members flashbacks and on the stage Eva is just a name without a face. And through the retellings of the stories it is revealed that every member of the Birling household are in some unfortunate way connected to Eva's demise. From getting her fired from jobs without a second thought to having a self satisfying urge to take care of her only to let her loose onto the street again. Inspector Poole arrives to refresh their memory of her and of others like her, hoping to somehow curb their way of treating people.
What attracted me to watching it was the plot of course, but the film delivers much more. It is a thrilling mystery film, as what you would expect but what also surfaces is a message for social justice. The film rounds up on an intriguing twist! I will tell you that much. You will have to see it for yourselves. All performances are great especially Alastair Sim who plays the avenging inspector. I had only seen him in Stage Fright, he has a face that you remember but I couldn't quite connect him to a movie. Anyway he is also really great in the Brit whodunit Green For Danger aswell which is what I saw after this, again playing a likable inspector, who is investigating two murders that have taken place in a cottage hospital during WWII.