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After the lavish Technicolor spectacle of The Red Shoes, British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger retreated into the inward, shadowy recesses of this moody, crackling character study. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigel Balchin, The... read more

After the lavish Technicolor spectacle of The Red Shoes, British filmmakers Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger retreated into the inward, shadowy recesses of this moody, crackling character study. Based on the acclaimed novel by Nigel Balchin, The Small Back Room details the professional and personal travails of troubled, alcoholic research scientist and military bomb-disposal expert Sammy Rice (David Farrar), who, while struggling with a complex relationship with secretary girlfriend Susan (Kathleen Byron), is hired by the government to advise on a dangerous new German weapon. Deftly mixing suspense and romance, The Small Back Room is an atmospheric, post–World War II gem.

Original Release

02/21/1949

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Cast

Directors

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger

Writers

Michael Powell, Emeric Pressburger, Nigel Balchin

Cast

David Farrar Sammy Rice
Kathleen Byron Susan
Jack Hawkins R.B. Waring
Leslie Banks Col. A.K. Holland
Michael Gough Capt. Dick Stuart
Cyril Cusack Cpl. Taylor
Milton Rosmer Prof. Mair
Walter Fitzgerald Brine
Emrys Jones Joe
Michael Goodliffe Till
Renée Asherson A.T.S. Corporal
Anthony Bushell Col. Strang
Henry Caine Sgt. Maj. Rose
Sidney James 'Knucksie' Moran - Barkeeper
Sam Kydd Crowhurst - Door Sentry
Geoffrey Keen Pinker
June Elvin Gillian
David Hutcheson Norval
Robert Morley The Minister
Roddy Hughes Welsh Doctor

Producers

Editors

Clifford Turner

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