Dangerous Afternoon (1961)

dangerous afternoon 1961

This was a little gem…..until the ending. Too bad since it was very good until the final seconds.

Wheelchair bound Letty Frost (Ruth Dunning) owns a boarding house. Her tenants are four old ladies who are shoplifters and pickpockets down on their luck. Old habits won’t go away. Letty’s old pal George visits and tells her to look out because Jean Berry has been released from prison.

Jack Loring gets a promotion to a newspaper in Canada. He’ll marry Freda (Joanne Dunham) in a fortnight. She’s been raised by her “aunt” Letty. Freda’s parents were killed in an accident when she was only two and Letty was a friend of theirs. The two visit Letty to tell her the news.

Later on Jean Berry (Gwenda Wilson) shows up and takes a room. She starts ordering the cook and the maid around. Turns out she was involved in a prison break with Letty. That’s how Letty,a jewel thief, got hurt and ended up in a wheelchair. Jean never made it out and ended up with a few more years tacked on to her sentence. Letty was never caught. No one knows her new name,Letty.

Freda stops by and sees Jean threatening Maisie the maid (Jackie Noble) for not getting her tea when she asked for it. Freda tells Letty that Jean should be told to leave.

Jean wants half the house signed over to her or else she’ll tell about Letty’s real name. She says she’s written two letters. One to Scotland Yard and another to a friend who will be calling once a week to check on her. She’ll post them in the morning. Letty isn’t as defenseless as Jean thinks. Then something goes wrong.

Despite the closing seconds this is worth looking up and giving it a view.

 

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