Grand National Night (1953)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama, Police Detective Film  |   Run Time - 81 min.  |   Countries - UK  |  
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Grand National Night began life as a stage play, which was promptly adapted as a popular British radio serial. The film combines the best elements of both previous incarnations. Racehorse owner Gerald Coates (Nigel Patrick) accidentally kills his spiteful wife Babs (Moira Lister) during a quarrel. Terror-stricken, Coates stashes the body in the boot (or trunk) of a stranger's car. Methodical police inspector Ayling (Michael Hordern) suspects there's more to this than meets the eye. The script carefully builds up sympathy for the frenzied Coates, then manages to find a way to wrap up the story to everyone's satisfaction (Here's a clue, provided by Leonard Maltin: while watching the film, examine the character names).

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horse-racing, racer, Britain, car, death, detective, extramarital-affair, false-accusation, horse, horse-ranch, inspection, investigation, investigator, killing, knowledge, murder, national, owner, panic, police, sports, suspect, trunk [car trunk], wife