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An Inspector Calls (1954)





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The suicide of a young girl provides the framework for this mystery. The story really begins when an enigmatic police inspector appears at the girl's wealthy family's home and begins questioning them. Flashbacks reveal their role in the death. First her father fires her from his factory because she was a troublemaker who incited a group of workers to ask for a raise. Later she is hired in a shop and her sister's fiance helps her find her own apartment. She soon finds herself unable to make it financially and asks her mother for help. Her mother refuses and she must then take charity. Later her brother becomes a criminal after getting his sister pregnant. The inspector draws the conclusion that each party was partly responsible for her death.


Alastair Sim
as Inspector Poole
Arthur Young
as Arthur Birling
Eileen Moore
as Sheila Birling
Olga Lindo
as Sybil Birling
Bryan Forbes
as Eric Birling
Brian Worth
as Gerald Croft
Jane Wenham
as Eva Smith
Norman Bird
as Foreman
John Welsh
as Shopwalker
Patricia Neal
as First Maid
Barbara Everest
as Committee Member
Amy Green
as 2nd Maid
Catherine Willmer
as Senior Factory Woman
Olwen Brookes
as Miss Francis
William Raymond
as Hat Department Manager
Walter Cross
as Joe Meggarty
Brenda Duncan
as Committee Member
Helen Cleverley
as Committee Member
Mabel Etherington
as Committee Member
Charles Saynor
as Police Sergeant Arnold Ransom
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Critic Reviews for An Inspector Calls

All Critics (2)

The Birling's home... is decorated in High Smug Edwardian, which is not only a perfect evocation of the period, but also an apt visualization of the family's habit of encasing themselves in protective layers of denial.

May 5, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Not even the adroit Alastair Sim, in a noncomedy role as a mysterious investigator, can overcome the sluggish pace and contrived coincidences of this social-conscience drama...

October 16, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for An Inspector Calls

The Twilight Zone didn't just appear out of thin air, there were many progenitors. In this one a well-to-do English family is visited by a police investigator looking into the death of a young woman. In what is partly a commentary on the generation gap, but mainly a ugly finger pointing at the class divide, this message movie remains interesting while delivering its pertinent if ever unheeded message. Very good.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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