Canadian con-man escapes from
a British prison having committed
a scam involving the theft and sale of
a rare collection of coins in the classic
1958 thriller from Ealing Studios Nowhere To Go but he discovers it
is not so easy when he attempts to
take the money and run...
A RARE GEM FROM EALING STUDIOS, now digitally remastered, the black-and-white
thriller Nowhere To Go made its mark on film history when it was first
released in 1958.
Considered "the least-Ealing film ever made", this late excursion into film
noir for Ealing Studios is "a stylish, grimy tale of deception and betrayal".
Nowhere To Go marks the directorial debut of Seth Holt (The Mummy; Blood
From The Mummy's Tomb), who was also a scriptwriter.
This is also the feature film debut of the wonderful and much-loved Maggie Smith
(The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie; Television's Downton Abbey) who
was, not surprisingly, nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the BAFTAs.
a number of twists and
turns, Nowhere To Go
is a fine thriller that
keeps up a
the opening sequence of Nowhere To Go, thief and con-man Canadian Paul Gregory
(George Nader: Robot Monster) is breaking out of prison with the help
of Victor Sloane, alias Lee Henderson (Bernard Lee: The Third Man; Dr No;
Goldfinger; From Russia With Love).
An audacious and well-orchestrated escape turns into a fascinating and almost
soundless nine-minute game plan to a background jazz score by British musician
The man known as Paul Gregory (one of several aliases he uses in the film) came
to London to deceive widow Harriet Pargiter Jefferson (Bessie Love: The Lost
World) and steal her late husband's valuable rare coin collection valued at
£60,000 a princely sum in the 1950s which she is
trying to sell.
Conning his way into her life and winning her confidence by feigning an interest
in ice hockey at Wembley, 35-year-old Gregory assures her that he has a friend
who could get her more money than she has been offered and, once he has access
to the coins, he steals them and sells them on before placing the money in a
safety deposit box at the Bank.
In the belief that he will be jailed for only five years, Gregory allows the
Police to find him but refuses to say where he has hidden the money. Stunned
by the reality of a ten-year stretch, he is not prepared to sit it out; so he
plans his escape, intending to be reunited with the money before he flees the
In a flat rented by Sloane and belonging to petty criminal Michael Bishop, Gregory
meets the charming ex-debutante Bridget Howard (Maggie Smith) and, as he executes
his plan for escape he finds himself having to deal with London's criminal underworld
as things begin to go startlingly wrong and he is double-crossed.
Unable to gain access to his money and making a number of mistakes, he is given
a surprising lifeline by socialite Bridget. On the run in the beautiful Welsh
countryside, will Gregory find a place or safety or will he still have Nowhere
Cleverly plotted with a number of twists and turns, Nowhere To Go is
a fine thriller that keeps up a compulsive pace. This first-ever DVD release
of this lost gem from Ealing Studios follows special screenings on 23 and 26
November (2012) at the BFI Southbank as part of the major Ealing retrospective.
On its original release, MGM cut Nowhere To Go by fifteen minutes in
order to fit it into a double bill, but this release features the full one hundred
minute version of the film.
Nowhere To Go also features: Geoffrey Keen as Inspector Scott; Harry
H Corbett as Sullivan; Lionel Jeffries as Pet Shop Clerk; Howard Marion-Crawford
as Mack Cameron; and Andree Melly as Rosa, the cocktail waitress.
Director of Photography is Paul Beeson, BSC; Musical Direction by Dock Mathieson;
Music Composed by Dizzy Reece and played by the Dizzy Reece Quartet; Screenplay
by Seth Holt and critic Kenneth Tynan; Associate producer is Eric Williams;
Produced by Michael Balcon; Directed by Seth Holt (The Nanny; Blood From
The Mummy's Tomb).
from the novel by Donald Mackenzie and now uncut and digitally remastered, Nowhere
To Go makes its UK DVD premiere, courtesy of StudioCanal, on 14 January
DVD Total Running Time: Approximately 100 Minutes | Black & White
| Catalogue Number: OPTD2400 | RRP: £15.99.
Extras Revisiting Nowhere To Go (a new Featurette including
"Cleverly plotted with a number of twists and turns, Nowhere To Go is
a fine thriller that keeps up a compulsive pace" Maggie Woods,