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Poison Pen (ABPC 1939, Flora Robson, Robert Newton)

Poison Pen

In sparkling thriller Poison Pen a whole village is targeted by a writer of poison pen letters. It seems nobody is safe and soon the accusations are starting to have a major effect on peoples lives. Matters take a turn for the worse when the young woman who is thought to be behind the letters commits suicide, however the letters continue…

A fabulous cast full of great character names, interestingly Wilfred Hyde-White who plays the small role of the postman is billed simply as Hyde White.

UK / Associated British Picture Corp / 75 minutes / 1939 / black and white

Screenplay: William Freshman, Doreen Montgomery / Additional Dialogue: Esther McCracken, N.C. Hunter / Play: Richard Llewellyn / Photography: Philip Tannura / Production Design: Cedric Dawe / Editor: Flora Newton / Producer: Walter C Mycroft / Director: Paul L Stein

cast
THE VICARAGE
FLORA ROBSON as Mart Rider
REGINALD TATE as The Vicar
ANN TODD as Ann
GEOFFREY TOONE as David
EMPSIE BOWMAN as Harbord
EDWARD RIGBY as Badham

THE MANOR HOUSE
ATHOLE STEWART as Colonel Cashelton
MARY HINTON as Mrs Cashelton
CYRIL CHAMBERLAIN as Peter Cashelton

THE POST-OFFICE STORES
EDWARD CHAPMAN as Len Griffin
JEAN CLYDE as Mrs Griffin
HYDE WHITE as Postman
LAURENCE KITCHIN as Shop Assistant
KENNETH CONNOR as Telephonist

THE LION
WALLY PATCH as Mr Suggs
ELLA RETFORD as Mrs Suggs
MEGS JENKINS as Barmaid

VILLAGERS
ROBERT NEWTON as Sam Hurrin
BELLE CHRYSTALL as Sucal Hurrin
CATHERINE LACEY as Connie Fateley
MARJORIE RHODES as Mrs Scaife
EILEEN BELDON as Miss Reynolds
ESMA CANNON as Mrs Warrren
BEATRICE VARLEY as Mrs Jenkins
MERLE TOTTENHAM as Mrs Kemp

AND
CHARLES MORTIMER as Inspector Colclough
RODDY HUGHES as Handwriting Expert