Vibrant post-war thriller excellently conceived with detailed, inventive characterizations, and one of several above average crime films made by William Hartnell in the mid-Forties including Murder in Reverse (1945), Temptation Harbour (1947) and Brighton Rock (1947). The film was originally submitted to the censor in script form under the title ‘999’, the BBFC demanded at least four violent scenes to be cut, and the more restrained story became Appointment with Crime.
Leo Martin (William Hartnell) is a jewel thief sent to prison when a steel shutter traps his wrists during a botched Bond Street raid, and his associates drive away leaving him at the scene of the crime. When released from prison, Leo vows vengeance on his double-crossing accomplice Gus Loman (Raymond Lovell) who vowed not to let him down. When Loman’s taxi driver, Hatchett, turns up dead, Det. Insp. Rogers (Robert Beatty) is assigned to investigate.
Rogers enquires also lead him to shady art dealer Gregory Lang (Herbert Lom), who is implicated as a gun stolen from his office drawer by Loman was used to kill Hatchett – and Leo is demanding £400 for its return. Lang decides to hire hit man Noel Penn (Alan Wheatley) to deal with Loman – and intends to silence Leo himself. —Britmovie.co.uk
Good film this, but I'm posting re. the above-mentioned TEMPTATION HARBOUR. A great many film enthusiasts would like to see this film, myself included. It's been restored by the BFI, and to my knowledge they're just sitting on it. I was surprised to do a Mubi search and learn that it's not among their listing. Simone Simon and Robert Newton also star in this forgotten noir gem. Adapted from a Georges Simenon novel.