Talk of the Devil

Talk of the Devil
Directed by Carol Reed
Produced by Jack Raymond
Written by George Barraud
Anthony Kimmins
Carol Reed
Starring Ricardo Cortez
Sally Eilers
Basil Sydney
Music by Percival Mackey
Cinematography Francis Carver
Edited by Helen Lewis
John E. Morris
Merrill G. White
Distributed by United Artists
Release dates
9 December 1936
Running time
76 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Talk of the Devil is a 1936 British crime film directed by Carol Reed and starring Ricardo Cortez, Sally Eilers and Basil Sydney.[1] A dishonest shipbuilder plans to frame his half-brother for his own criminal activities.

Reed had previously been working for Ealing Studios, but he made the film for the independent producer Herbert Wilcox. It was the first film to be completely made at the recently-opened Pinewood Studios.[2] The film's sets were designed by the art director Wilfred Arnold.

It remains one of Reed's most obscure films, and was for many years out of circulation, although the BFI National Archive holds a copy. The film was not well-received at the time and did little to boost Reed's standing in the British film industry.[3]



  2. Pykett p.144
  3. Moss p.95


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