- Wednesday 30th June 2021, 6:12am
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Dublin Nightmare (1958)
Again, a short film (shorter even than my previous review Breakaway (1956) - this one being only 1h 2m!
Didn't think I'd like this when it started, but it soon turned into a cracking tense yarn of a planned robbery of an "armoured" van carrying money from a bank, the money to be split with the bulk going to the organisers who were clearly the IRA, but for some reason referred to as the "Movement" all the way through the film. Very odd.
The only person I knew in this was the American actor William Sylvester, who appeared in a lot of British films and TV of the period. Oh, and the pretty Italian actress Marla Landi, for the second time who retired early to marry Sir Francis John Vernon Hereward Dashwood, and it seems, she is still alive at 88.
So, one of the English robbers, and friend of Sylvester, is killed (or so it seems) when the getaway car crashes and his is the only body in the car. The other person, seemingly legging it with all the loot. Sylvester and the Englishman's love interest (Maria) try to get to the bottom of who killed their friend and where the money and the other man is.
You can see clearly where this is going, but it still makes for a very good ending.