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Death Goes to School (1953)

| Mystery | May 1953 (UK)
A Teacher is murdered at an all girls school. Police investigate and discover that the staff room is full of suspects.


Stephen Clarkson


Maisie Sharman (novel) (as Stratford Davis), Maisie Sharman (screenplay) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Barbara Murray ... Miss Shepherd
Gordon Jackson ... Detective Inspector Campbell
Pamela Alan Pamela Alan ... Miss Cooper
Jane Aird Jane Aird ... Miss Halstead
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Miss Hopkinson
Anne Butchart Anne Butchart ... Miss Oliphant (as Ann Butchart)
Imogen Moynihan Imogen Moynihan ... Miss Essex (as Imogene Moynihan)
Jenine Matto Jenine Matto ... Miss Stanislaus (as Jeanne Matto)


A Teacher is murdered at an all girls school. Police investigate and discover that the staff room is full of suspects.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Miss Shepherd says that she was reading a thriller called "Death in Seven Hours". This is the novel on which this film is based. See more »


When the inspector says "O wad some Power the giftie gie us/ To see oursels as ithers see us! " is Shakespeare, it isn't- it's Robert Burns. Maybe it's meant to be a joke though- given he's a Scot himself, explaining it to an Englishman. See more »


Detective Inspector Campbell: [D I Campbell comes across a stuffed white rabbit sticking out of one of the bags and murmurs] Harvey
[obviously thinking of James Stewart's white rabbit in the film Harvey which came out a couple of years before]
Sergeant Harvey: Sir?
[replies Sgt Harvey, thinking he is being addressed; at which D I Campbell coughs and hurriedly turns to continue his search]
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References Harvey (1950) See more »


Over the Border
Music by Granville Chapman
De Wolfe Music Ltd
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Shame to ruin a pleasant book
11 December 2008 | by cornicoSee all my reviews

All I can say, is this movie was taken from a book written by the author Stratford Davis - and it didn't do her justice. Yup, a little background. The male name Stratford Davis was actually the pen name of a female with the birth name Maisie Sharman who wrote several books under the male name just so she could be published during the thirties. She later penned several more books under the name Miriam Sharman (last name was real until she married a Bolton in Hampshire, and then went under the name Miriam Bolton for several screenplays for the BBC). The reason I know this trivia about a little known author is simply because she was my great-aunt on my maternal Grandfather's side. I have collected several of her books from her later periods (50's and 60's); and while they would never be on a par with Conan Doyle or P.D. James, I found them enjoyable for a short bout of escapism.

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