“The Night My Number Came Up,” directed by Leslie Norman

Movie, 1955

Solid, well-told story of a premonition of a plane crash and the gloomy unfolding of all the circumstances which rather suggest a lead up to tragedy. While this all feels very stiff upper-lip, there are some interesting characters and enough British actors to spot and to keep most people happy. The ending, it’s true, feels rushed and entirely underdone, but this is an interesting examination of manners and power structures, as well as the emergence of post war commerce. Good entertainment if you like that sort of thing, and a real feeling of the film having influenced countless other mystery thrillers. Hardly a heavyweight or full-on classic, but it’s an interesting, well-done piece.

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