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The October Man

1947 1h 26m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 69% Audience Score 500+ Ratings
After recovering from a traumatic head injury, young scientist Jim Ackland (John Mills) relocates to a rundown boarding house while he continues to undergo treatment for blackouts, during which he remembers nothing. Resuming work at a chemical factory, John begins a relationship with the boss' daughter, the confident Jenny Carden (Joan Greenwood). After Jim kindly loans money to a fellow boarder, she is found murdered -- and unable to recall his actions, Jim is the prime suspect. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews The screenplay is too cardboard. Rated: B- Mar 31, 2008 Full Review Read all reviews

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Collective S A brave and clever film, dealing with important issues of mental health decades before it was the norm in popular culture. Also entertaining as a thriller. Some fine British ensemble acting and neat pacing bring this film noir together. Stands quite neatly against Hitchcock in its best moments. Beautifully and dramatically shot. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/29/24 Full Review Audience Member Nice British film noir. John Mills is excellent as a former mental patient who is framed for a murder. A bit slow at times but quite atmospheric all the way through. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member A dandy mystery that is filled with tension and drama--British Noir!! Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/22/23 Full Review Audience Member This film interests me because the male lead is, for all but a few minutes of the movie, portrayed as either insane, suicidal, or both. As a story about overcoming inward as well as outward obstacles, I get it, but I'm not sure what makes the character so attractive to Joan Greenwood...or me? Perhaps there is a thrill that comes from having more faith in someone than they have in themselves. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/27/23 Full Review Audience Member Reasonable-enough "innocent man wrongly accused" thriller. Hitchcock did that a heck of a lot better though, and the "Mr Cholmondley-Warner" accents are an unintended amusement. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/23/23 Full Review Audience Member Another british film that everyone should watch. Especially as John Mills is in it. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After recovering from a traumatic head injury, young scientist Jim Ackland (John Mills) relocates to a rundown boarding house while he continues to undergo treatment for blackouts, during which he remembers nothing. Resuming work at a chemical factory, John begins a relationship with the boss' daughter, the confident Jenny Carden (Joan Greenwood). After Jim kindly loans money to a fellow boarder, she is found murdered -- and unable to recall his actions, Jim is the prime suspect.
Director
Roy Ward Baker
Producer
Eric Ambler
Screenwriter
Eric Ambler
Production Co
Two Cities Films
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
British English
Runtime
1h 26m