Review: ‘The Walking Stick’

The Walking Stick is notable for outstanding performances by David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar, and excellent direction by Eric Till. Story concerns a physically handicapped girl who finds love, then betrayal in a jewel robbery involvement.

The Walking Stick is notable for outstanding performances by David Hemmings and Samantha Eggar, and excellent direction by Eric Till. Story concerns a physically handicapped girl who finds love, then betrayal in a jewel robbery involvement.

George Bluestone adapted the Winston Graham novel about an introverted girl who blossoms under the patient love of a vagabond artist.

Hemmings suddenly emerges as a tool of Emlyn Williams, an art dealer whose night acquisitions come via robbery. Eggar, who works in a gallery, is pressured into the heist.

Her dilemma – should she give up her happiness by reporting to the police, or keep a gnawing silence? – is resolved in a somewhat melodramatic way.

The Walking Stick

UK

Production

Winkast/M-G-M. Director Eric Till; Producer Alan Ladd Jr; Screenplay George Bluestone; Camera Arthur Ibbetson; Editor John Jympson; Music Stanley Myers; Art Director John Howell

Crew

(Color) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1970. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

David Hemmings Samantha Eggar Emlyn Williams Phyllis Calvert Ferdy Mayne Dudley Sutton

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