American character actor Jack La Rue takes the lead in this British film as a Soho nightclub owner. The movie is just dull and not worth spending time watching.
Steve Marco (Jack La Rue) is obsessed with having class. He thinks owning the Cotton Club in Soho gives it to him. He hires Ruby Lane to be a dance hostess because he thinks she’ll class up the joint. That makes his girlfriend Myrtle jealous.
Roy Barnes (Bernard Lee) is a newspaperman who is attracted to Ruby. He also tries to write jokes for one of the club’s acts. Joe Lane sold some merchandise Steve gave him to deliver and bought a string of pearls for some girlfriend. Steve kills him.
Inspector Hammond drops by the club. He and Steve have an uneasy friendly relationship. Hammond goes into the office where Steve recently shot Joe. Joe’s body is on the couch and Steve’s boys Lefty (Arthur O’Connell) and Spike pretend he’s just passed out. Later that night the body is discovered in a doorway.
Steve takes Ruby back to his place and gives her the pearls. He doesn’t know Joe showed them to her. He also doesn’t know that she and Joe were married. They’ve been on the rocks for a long time. The movie creaks along as Hammond tries to solve Joe’s murder.
It was interesting to see Arthur O’Connell in an early role. Along with dozens of movie roles he played Edwin Carpenter in the sitcom “The Second Hundred Years” (1967-68).
Bernard Lee is familiar to James Bond fans as his boss “M.”