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Sunday, 13 January 2013 15:15
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Nowhere to Go - out on DVD“Nowhere To Go” is a dark thriller about a thief and con-artist who robs a rich heiress of her valuable vintage coin collection and then is forced to go on the run when his elaborate plan goes awry. One of the last Ealing Films’ productions to be made, the movie headlines George Nader (“Robot Monster”) as Paul ‘Greg’ Gregory, and is notable for Maggie Smith’s film debut as Bridget Howard, a young woman Greg encounters whilst in London.

Other prominent stars include Bernard Lee (‘M’ in the early James  Bond features) as Victor Sloane, Greg’s co-conspirator, Geoffrey Keen (also a Bond regular including “The Spy Who Loved Me” and “Moonraker”), Bessie Love (“Reds”) as the gullible heiress Harriet Jefferson and Harry H Corbett (Steptoe and Son, “Carry On Screaming”) as a city crime lord. This is a re-mastered and extended version, reinserting 15 minutes cut from its original theatrical release.

As a black and white feature from 1958, the film has a surprisingly modern feel to it, thanks in part to the excellent picture quality, but primarily owing to the serious tone and believable characters. Greg and Sloane’s scam involves winning Harriet’s confidence and then selling her coins whilst she is away. Greg willingly gives himself up expecting a short prison sentence but instead is awarded ten years. As a consequence he hatches a daring escape plan which thrills the audience during the movie’s opening 10 minutes.

The movie then goes back in time to execution of the long-con to see how Greg arrived in prison, before jumping forward. Once a fugitive at large, Greg realises how few close friends and acquaintances he knows in town, and as resourceful as he is, the Police always seem to be one step behind him. The narrative twists and turns and the viewer is kept on the edge of their seats as the anti-hero fights for his freedom and survival.

“Nowhere To Go” marked the debut of ill-feted director Seth Holt (“The Nanny”, “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb”, Danger Man), but his style is confident and efficient. The soundtrack uses the jazz of Dizzy Reece very sparingly, preferring on the whole to use silence and on-screen action to build suspense and atmosphere.

I found myself thoroughly intrigued and bound up in the plot, and I was rooting for the criminal despite his misdemeanours. As such I consider it a success.

The only extra on the disc is a 13-minute featurette entitled ‘Revisiting Nowhere To Go’. Several of the production crew discuss the director, the music and Maggie Smith’s involvement.

“Nowhere To Go” (1958) is out now, courtesy of Studiocanal. The film has a running time of 100 minutes approx, carries a ‘PG’ certificate and retails for £15.99, or less from www.culttvstore.com

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