The Silent Playground (1963)


A taut crime thriller about the hunt for a mysterious stranger who is poisoning small children with barbiturates. A tough and compelling film, which offers a gritty reflection of life in 1960s South East London behind the initial whodunnit. Ellen McIntosh gives a bravura performance as a single mother juggling work with raising a family, and Jean Anderson paints a sympathetic portrait of an older mother coming to terms with the extent of her son’s mental health issues. Striking and bold, The Silent Playground explores the fine line between innocence and criminality.

Director: Stanley Goulder.
Writer: Stanley Goulder.
Stars: Jean Anderson, Bernard Archard, Roland Curram, Ellen McIntosh, John Ronane, Desmond Llewelyn, Rowena Gregory, Basil Beale, Cheryl Molineaux, Michael Byrne, Malya Nappi, Margaret Flint, Mollie Maureen, Gretchen Franklin, Barbara Miller, Christine Ozanne, Anna Turner.
Cinematographer: Martin Curtis.
Composer: Tristram Cary.


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