Casey Morrow is a down-and-out American war vet in London, whose Polish Chicago mom, whom he hasn’t seen for 8 years, moved to London when she married an English pub owner. At the upscale Cloud Room pub, the drunken Casey is propositioned by a rich young beautiful blonde, who offers him £500 to marry her. The unemployed drifter tells the mystery woman he’s broke, but takes the strange offer even if she gives no reason for it. When Casey wakes up sober the next morning, he’s somehow in the artist’s studio of a stranger—the sweet aspiring artist Maggie Doone and can’t remember how he got there because he blacked out last night. Casey notices that Maggie has painted the portrait of Casey’s AWOL wife, who modeled for her using a false identity. An alarmed Casey also finds blood on his coat, and when out in the street reads the newspaper headline ‘Darius Brunner murdered: Heiress daughter missing.’ Casey thereby discovers that his bride’s father had been murdered the night before and that his wife is a heiress named Phyllis Brunner.
The heiress turns up again in Maggie’s flat and clears hubby of the murder, as he was worried that she had framed him. But she pretends they married, without telling him the truth. The pretend couple then forego a honeymoon to try and catch her father’s killer. Phyllis suspects her obsessive fiancé Lance Gorden, a prominent but oily young lawyer, who won’t stop pestering her about marriage and is someone she never completely trusted even though her mom has complete confidence in him and has made him the family lawyer since separating from her husband. It turns out the reason Phyllis marries Casey is so that Lance can’t marry her in the wedding set to take place in three weeks and thereby hopes to prevent the slimy Lance from getting his hands on her money. —Ozu’s World of Movie Reviews
Terence Fisher was born in Maida Vale, England, in 1904. Raised by his grandmother in a strict Christian Scientist environment. Fisher left school while still in his teens to join the Merchant Marine. By his own account, he soon discovered that a life at sea was not for him, so he left the service and tried his hand at various jobs landside. It was during this time that he discovered the cinema. Entering the film industry as “the oldest clapper boy in the business,” he eventually worked his way up to film editor. Almost as a lark, he applied to Rank to become a film editor. Unexpectedly, he was accepted. In 1947, at the age of 43, he made his directorial debut with a supernatural comedy called Colonel Bogey — a foreshadwing of things to come.
For the next few years, he vacillated between A-film assignments (Noel Coward’s The Astonished Heart, So Long at the Fair with Jean Simmons and Dirk Bogarde, and The Girl in the Painting with Herbert Lom… read more