Review: ‘Yield to the Night’

Diana Dors plays a heavy dramatic role in Yield to the Night, which calls for a drastic de-glamorizing treatment.

Diana Dors plays a heavy dramatic role in Yield to the Night, which calls for a drastic de-glamorizing treatment.

The actual killing which leads the star to the death cell is depicted before the credit titles appear on the screen, but the events which led her to shoot at point blank range at the woman who forced her lover to suicide are shown in a series of flashbacks.

Main footage is concentrated inside the condemned cell and the script illustrates the anguish of mind of the girl, the wardresses who guard her night and day, the members of her family and the husband whom she deserted.

The script [from a novel by Joan Henry] succeeds in maintaining strong suspense.

In the main, Dors rises to the occasion and shows up as a dramatic actress better than anticipated. Yvonne Mitchell strikes the right sympathetic note as one of the wardresses, Michael Craig reveals a good presence as the lover and Marie Ney shows proper dignity and restraint as the prison governor.

Yield to the Night

UK

Production

Associated British. Director J. Lee Thompson; Producer Kenneth Harper; Screenplay John Cresswell, Joan Henry; Camera Gilbert Taylor; Editor Richard Best; Music Ray Martin; Art Director Robert Jones

Crew

(B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1956. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Diana Dors Yvonne Mitchell Michael Craig Marie Ney Geoffrey Keen Liam Redmond
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