Crosstrap ★★½

This film, the debut of director Robert Hartford-Davis, was on the list of the '75 Most Wanted' films issued by the British Film Institute in 2010. At that time it had not been screened since 1967, and had never been shown on television. All efforts to locate it had come to nothing.

A negative was discovered in the early 2010s, digitally scanned, and made available, and recently the film received its television premiere here in the UK. It's a hard-boiled crime film, with B movie values, mainly one set, and a high body count. Geoff (Gary Cockrell) and Sally (Jill Adams) find themselves in trouble when they rent a gang hideout.

Reviews of the time call the film 'overrated' and 'laboured', but set aside other examples of supporting features and the crime genre, it holds up well. Laurence Payne is good as the gang leader, and Zena Marshall does well as his moll, but Cockrell fails to engage the interest.

A nice jazzy soundtrack lifts this programmer to something a bit more interesting, and there is some good camera work despite the obvious location restrictions. The film runs at around an hour, and I think it is an hour well spent.