A Maurice Cowan Production
TURN THE KEY SOFTLY
Yvonne Mitchell Kathleen Harrison Terence Morgan Thora Hird Dorothy Allison Glyn Houston
Geoffrey Keen Russell Waters Clive Morton
Joan Collins as Stella Jarvis
Screenplay by Jack Lee & Maurice Cowan From a Novel by John Brophy
Music by Mischa Spollansky Director of Photography - Geoffrey Unsworth
Produced by Maurice Cowan Directed by Jack Lee
(c) 1953 Rank .. 81 Mins .. B/W .. Region 0 DVD From AMCO ..
Nevertheless the film did get some good reviews, including this from The New York Times.
" Turn The Key Softly" is pointedly realistic of it's examination of the short courses of the lives of three ladies of varying degree, after they have left London's Holloway prison. While not precisely on a heroic scale, the producers have endowed the proceedings with compassion, sensitivity and a modicum of irony. Credit Jack Lee, the director and Maurice Cowan, the producer, who also collaborated on the script, with keeping their heroines in the move, without snarling the traffic in tales.Joan Collins is properly lush and brassy as the cockney charmer who almost, but not quite, reverts to her gay way of life!"
An enjoyable film with likeable characters and a fine cast of British faces. This is one key that is well worth turning!
(c) 2010 Mark McMorrow