Descius Heiss is a French expatriate, and former Devil’s Island prisoner, with two passions; driving shrewd bargains in antiques at his Sly Corner Shop, and the care of his motherless daughter, Margaret.
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Superb first scene with a travelling coming from the street, entering the shop (I still don't understand how) and finishing in the Heiss's living room. As Edna Sweetlove mentioned it, there's also a very impressive car chase throughout the English countryside that's worth your money. Homolka plays with his eyes and his moustache. Reminded me at times of Victor Hugo's 'Les Misérables'. Recommended.
Try and find this film! Wonderfully old-fashioned and VERY British. Oskar Homolka is excellent as the Jewish antique dealer turned fence who is driven to murdering a blackmailer. The car chase on the Kingston By-pass in 1946 makes Hollywood car chases look like clumsily-staged crap.