‘The October Man,’ directed by Roy Ward Baker

Movie, 1947

Tidy, well-plotted and paced mystery in which a lodger in a house full of oddbeats is accused of murder and struggles, both with PTSD and a doubt over whether or not he actually could have committed the crime in question. While there’s nothing leaping out from the film as being exceptional, and while the received pronunciation can be a little distracting at times, this is an evocative piece capturing a way of life and living at a certain point in history, with just enough human interest and peril to make it arresting. Ultimately, pretty unsophisticated stuff, but well-made and enthralling for those looking for decent entertainment without too much period pomp or goofiness.

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