The Walking Stick


1h 41m 1970
The Walking Stick

Brief Synopsis

A beautiful polio victim is seduced into helping with a robbery.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 15 Apr 1970
Production Company
Winkast Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Walking Stick by Winston Graham (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Synopsis

Leigh Hartley, an untalented young painter, meets polio victim Deborah Dainton, a cripple since childhood. Deborah, an appraiser for an antique dealer, at first spurns Leigh's attempts to date her, but finally, with the encouragement of her parents, she begins to go out with him. She agrees to sit for a portrait, and their relationship develops into love, but Deborah is puzzled by Leigh's relationship with Jack Foil, an art collector who is his patron. Leigh persuades Deborah to move into his London apartment, despite the fact that he is married, and then tells her that he and Jack need her help in robbing the auction gallery where she works. Aware that the money might enable them to start an antique shop of their own, Deborah hides in a closet, although she suffers from claustrophobia, and when the gallery is closed for the night, she opens the door for Jack and Leigh. The robbery is successful, but Deborah realizes that Leigh's courtship was just part of a plan for the robbery, and she writes a full confession to Scotland Yard, exposing all three of them.

Film Details

MPAA Rating
Genre
Drama
Crime
Release Date
Jan 1970
Premiere Information
San Francisco opening: 15 Apr 1970
Production Company
Winkast Film Productions, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, Inc.
Country
United Kingdom
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Walking Stick by Winston Graham (London, 1967).

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 41m
Sound
Mono
Color
Color (Metrocolor)
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
2.35 : 1

Articles

The Walking Stick -


When Hollywood reduced its investment in foreign film production at the end of the 1960s, the British movie industry went into a tailspin. London-based film producer Alan Ladd Jr.'s worthy first effort The Walking Stick (1970) was lost in the shuffle and seen by almost nobody. From a book by Winston Graham, the author of Marine), it's another story of dark romantic secrets, sex and crime. Artist Leigh Hartley (David Hemmings) and antiques appraiser Deborah Dainton (Samantha Eggar) meet at a party. A polio victim, she's needed a wheelchair and cane since childhood. Their romance blossoms, although Deborah has unanswered questions about Leigh's patron Jack Foil (Emlyn Williams). Only after she is deeply involved does Leigh explain that he and Jack want to rob the auction gallery where she works. For love of Leigh, Deborah becomes an accomplice. Director Eric Till had earned positive notices for Hot Millions (1968), andVariety praised this film's "tastefully executed sex encounter." Samantha Eggar's sensitive performance reminded audiences of Audrey Hepburn's blind and vulnerable heroine in Wait Until Dark. Although impressed by the unusual relationships critics thought the film too slowly paced, and expressed resentment when it unexpectedly changes genres to transform into a conventional crime thriller.

By Glenn Erickson
The Walking Stick -

The Walking Stick -

When Hollywood reduced its investment in foreign film production at the end of the 1960s, the British movie industry went into a tailspin. London-based film producer Alan Ladd Jr.'s worthy first effort The Walking Stick (1970) was lost in the shuffle and seen by almost nobody. From a book by Winston Graham, the author of Marine), it's another story of dark romantic secrets, sex and crime. Artist Leigh Hartley (David Hemmings) and antiques appraiser Deborah Dainton (Samantha Eggar) meet at a party. A polio victim, she's needed a wheelchair and cane since childhood. Their romance blossoms, although Deborah has unanswered questions about Leigh's patron Jack Foil (Emlyn Williams). Only after she is deeply involved does Leigh explain that he and Jack want to rob the auction gallery where she works. For love of Leigh, Deborah becomes an accomplice. Director Eric Till had earned positive notices for Hot Millions (1968), andVariety praised this film's "tastefully executed sex encounter." Samantha Eggar's sensitive performance reminded audiences of Audrey Hepburn's blind and vulnerable heroine in Wait Until Dark. Although impressed by the unusual relationships critics thought the film too slowly paced, and expressed resentment when it unexpectedly changes genres to transform into a conventional crime thriller. By Glenn Erickson

Quotes

Of course you can. What's love!? love is sex, hate, ambitious, selfishness, you name it.
- Deborah

Trivia

The film's composer Stanley Myers originally wrote his classic "Cavatina" for this film, but instead it ended up as the theme music on the soundtrack for Deer Hunter, The (1978).

Notes

Filmed on location in London. Released in Great Britain in June 1970.

Miscellaneous Notes

Released in United States 1970

Released in United States 1970