Basil Dearden

Sapphire

Sapphire

A beautiful female college student is found dead in a public park; the police soon discover that her murder may have been racially motivated. Basil Dearden’s bold, direct police procedural, starring Nigel Patrick as the detective in charge of the investigation, is a devastating look at the way bigotry crosses class divides, and a snapshot of the increasingly interracial culture of England in the late fifties.

Film Info

  • Basil Dearden
  • United Kingdom
  • 1959
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • English

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Collector's Set

Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London Underground

Basil Dearden’s London Underground

DVD Box Set

4 Discs

$47.96

Sapphire
Cast
Nigel Patrick
Superintendent Robert Hazard
Michael Craig
Inspector Phil Learoyd
Yvonne Mitchell
Mildred
Paul Massie
David Harris
Bernard Miles
Ted Harris
Olga Lindo
Mrs. Harris
Earl Cameron
Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath
Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton
Patsy
Harry Baird
Johnnie Fiddle
Credits
Director
Basil Dearden
Producer
Michael Relph
Screenplay
Janet Green
Cinematography
Harry Waxman
Art direction
Carmen Dillon
Editing
John D. Guthridge
Music
Philip Green

From The Current

Eclipse Series 25: Basil Dearden’s London Underground

  SAPPHIRE: INNER CITY Given his strikingly eclectic body of work, it’s not surprising that Basil Dearden has never become a household name—he’s too hard to pin down. Moving effortlessly among comedies, melodramas, and thrillers, over a t…

By Michael Koresky


Jan 25, 2011