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6 Degrees Entertainment

'Juno Selects: Doublecross'
(Donald Houston, Fay Compton, William Hartnell, et al / DVD / NR / (1956) 2019 / MVD Visual)

Overview: Albert Pascoe (Donald Houston, The Longest Day), a Cornish fisherman, is approached by a strange woman Anna (Delphi Lawrence, The Man Who Could Cheat Death) and two men to smuggle them across the English channel, unaware that they are criminals having stolen top secret documents and killing a man in the process.

DVD Verdict: During the voyage, Pascoe overhears them talking about the killing and turns the boat back towards Cornwall, but fixing the compass to give the impression to the passengers that they are still on course for the French coast.

On reaching the coast the woman, Anna (Fay Compton), warns Pascoe that he will be killed once he has put them ashore. Having rowed the two men ashore in a small boat, Pascoe overpowers them and makes his escape back to the trawler.

Reaching his home port, he explains to the police that he landed the two men in a small cove from which they will not be able to climb out. Pleading with them that all charges against Anna should be dropped, it's what comes next that makes this film what it truly always aspired to be.

Although a reasonably low budget film, the story and portrayals are sound enough to carry it nicely along, especially the one from the Sandy-haired Welsh actor who served in the RAF during World War II, lead Donald Houston ('Moonbase 3').

A slow, ocean burner, albeit with a surprisingly brutal fight at the climax between Houston and the baddies, 'Doublecross' is still today on this brand new DVD release from Juno Selects via MVD Visual an enjoyable, believable, and entertaining film for all to behold.

Featuring nice balance of humor and mild suspense, with a good plot and actors that seem to actually care about their plied trade, I'd find it difficult to dismiss this film as just a B-movie - and I hope you don't either. This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.