Dilemma

Dilemma ★★★½

I wish it was as clear and dust-free under my floorboards as it is of those in the Barnes' house!

Nosy neighbour hears a scream. Husband comes home from work and finds his wife gone and a man on the point of death in his bathroom. There's a pair of scissors on the floor and a stained apron in the washing basket.

This is one of the Bryanston films from the company set up by Michael Balcon and associates when Ealing Studios folded. Peter Halliday and Ingrid Hafner are the couple, Patricia Burke the neighbour, and Joan Heath his mother.

There's a definite feel of the 1960s twitching curtain surburbia in this economical crime drama, with lady housewives and gentlemen commuters from the city.