It’s time for a British thriller from 1960 which has just arrived on UK blu-ray thanks to Network. This is my Suspect blu-ray review, it’s a film starring Tony Britton, Virginia Maskell, Ian Bannen and the fabulous Peter Cushing.
- Suspect (1960)
- Genre: British Thriller
- Directed by John Boulting & Roy Boulting
- UK Rating PG
- Discs: 1
- Released By Network
- Blu-ray Released: 1st March 2021
Professor Sewell (Peter Cushing) and his team discover a cure for both typhus and bubonic plague. Delighted by their news the Professor announces he is to publish his finding only to be gagged under the Official Secrets Act of the British government. Doctor Robert Marriott (Tony Britton) decides the world must learn of this groundbreaking discovery and embarks on a dangerous course.
Style / Direction
The film was directed by John Boulting and Roy Boulting whilst the cinematography was handled by Max Greene. This is a black and white thriller that delivers a tense and well told story.
Acting / Characters
I have to say the film really does have an excellent cast which really does go a long way to making Suspect the excellent thriller it is.
Peter Cushing makes any film better as does Donald Pleasence and let’s not forget Spike Milligan as worker at the laboratory. Those three actors are the supporting cast and they really do make a huge impact on the story.
The main story revolves around Doctor Robert Marriott (Tony Britton), Doctor Lucy Byrne (Virginia Maskell) and Alan Andrews (Ian Bannen) in a love triangle.
- Tony Britton as Doctor Robert Marriott
- Virginia Maskell as Doctor Lucy Byrne
- Ian Bannen as Alan Andrews
- Peter Cushing as Professor Sewell
- Kenneth Griffith as Doctor Shole
- Thorley Walters as Prince
- Donald Pleasence as Parsons
- Spike Milligan as Arthur
- Raymond Huntley as Sir George Gatting, Minister of Defence
- Sam Kydd as Slater
- Anthony Booth as Parkin
- Basil Dignam as Doctor Childs
- Brian Oulton as Director
- Murray Melvin as Teddy Boy
- Geoffrey Bayldon as Rosson
- Andre Charisse as Heller
Conclusion: Suspect (1960) Film Review
Suspect (1960) is a highly entertaining British thriller I’d never seen but was keen to watch having seen the outstanding cast list.
If you’ve enjoyed my Suspect Blu-ray Review so far you may want to check out the following films:
- Cottage to Let (1941)
- Criss Cross (1949)
- Mystery Junction (1951)
- Cash on Demand (1961)
- Experiment in Terror (1962)
- Assault (1971)
Conclusion: Suspect Blu-ray Review
Network’s blu-ray releases are very much hit and miss with some being outstanding (and Award winning) and others with extremely disappointing picture quality. Fortunately Suspect (1960) has good image quality and therefore has my recommendation.
This release is lacking in extras, only the image gallery is included but I won’t criticise that too much due to the film’s good picture quality.
- Image Gallery
On to my movie rating for Suspect (1960)
- Movie Rating: WELL WORTH A LOOK
- Blu-ray Picture: GOOD
- Extras: BASIC
Amazon UK Links
Suspect (1960) is available out now on blu-ray.
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip representative of the blu-ray version
That concludes my Suspect blu-ray review, I’m aiming to review more British films soon. What’s next? Check back soon…
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Summary: Suspect (1960) Blu-ray Review
Movie title: Suspect (1960)
Duration: 81 mins
Director(s): John Boulting, Roy Boulting
Actor(s): Tony Britton, Virginia Maskell, Ian Bannen, Peter Cushing, Kenneth Griffith, Thorley Walters, Donald Pleasence, Spike Milligan
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Picture Rating
Gripping British thriller with a excellent cast.