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The Limping Man


World War II vet Frank Pryor (Lloyd Bridges) returns to London from America after six years to look up an old flame, Pauline French (Moira Lister), now a successful actress. As he and the other passengers deplane and walk across to the terminal, Frank pauses for a moment and asks the man beside him for a light. There's a gunshot and the man crumples to the ground, shot by a marksman with a high-powered rifle, an assassin with a limp. It's not long before Frank Pryor is up to his neck in murderous intrigue.

The Limping Man is a 1953 in film British crime film directed by Cy Endfield (as Charles de Lautour) and starring Lloyd Bridges, Moira Lister and Leslie Phillips. The film was based on Anthony Verney's novel Death on the Tideway and was released in the United States by Lippert Pictures.
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Plot summary

Image:The Limping Man.JPG Former soldier Frank Prior arrives in London to visit a wartime girlfriend, whom he hasn't seen in six years. His plane's landing at the airport coincides with a fellow passenger being killed by a sniper.
Scotland Yard inspector Braddock and detective Cameron are assigned to investigate. The dead man, identified as Kendal Brown, is carrying forged documents as well as a photograph that leads them to Pauline French, an actress.
Pauline is the woman Frank has come to see. She also happens to be an expert marksman with a rifle. After they kiss, Pauline tells Frank that she had tried unsuccessfully to notify him to delay his visit.
An autographed picture of another actress, Helene Castle, is found in Kendal Brown's flat. The detectives learn that Helene is the victim's ex-wife. In the meantime, Frank spends a few hours with Pauline on her boat. When they later go to a pub, a limping man seems to menace and unnerve Pauline, who runs away.
Pauline confesses to Frank that she once let Kendal Brown use her boat for a smuggling operation. He began blackmailing her with letters she wrote, which Helene now possesses. At the theater, the limping man turns out to be George, the stage manager. But to everyone's shock, the late Kendal Brown turns up very much alive. The victim on the plane was a man he'd hired to impersonate him.
After knocking the limping man unconscious, Kendal Brown ends up in a fistfight with Frank in the theater's balcony. But as these events reach their climax, a huge surprise is revealed, one involving Frank and his fellow passengers from the plane.


  • Lloyd Bridges as Frank Prior
  • Moira Lister as Pauline French
  • Alan Wheatley as Inspector Braddock
  • Leslie Phillips as Detective Cameron
  • Hélène Cordet as Helene Castle
  • André van Gyseghem as George, stage doorman
  • Tom Gill (actor) as Stage Manager
  • Bruce Beeby as Kendal Brown
  • Rachel Roberts (actress) as the Barmaid
  • Lionel Blair as Dancer
  • Robert Harbin as Harper LeStrade, magician
  • Jean Marsh as the Landlady's daughter

Category:1953 films
Category:British films
Category:English-language films
Category:Film noir
Category:Films directed by Cy Endfield
Category:Films based on novels
Category:British crime films
Category:Films set in England
Category:Films set in London
Category:1950s crime films

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