Cast & Crew
Frustrated by a wave of organized crime in London, the editor of The Clarion newspaper, Mr. Brook, plans a series of exposés based on inside information. When longtime crime reporter Bart Crosbie fails to attend a meeting arranged by Brook with informer Nico, Brook vows to fire Bart. Reporter Steve Ryan worries about Bart's continual carelessness, which began the previous year when Bart, driving while drunk, crashed his car, killing his wife in the accident. Brook's niece Jill, who trained under Bart, shares Steve's anxiety, but upon his return, Bart disregards his coworkers' concern. In exchange for a fee, Nico reveals that Heinz Webber, owner of the El Rico dance club is the head of a diamond smuggling ring. Soon after, in an alley near The Clarion , Nico is picked up by Waxy and Rod, Webber's henchmen. Meanwhile, Bart accepts his dismissal by Brook without protest, despite Steve's pleas for him to fight back. A message from an unknown physician, Dr. Fisher, prompts Bart to meet with him. Fisher tells Bart that his young son Jimmy, who has been living with his grandmother since the car accident, has been diagnosed with a rare eye disease that will kill him if not immediately treated. Fisher explains that the only specialist for the affliction is in Switzerland, requiring Jimmy to fly there for the surgery. Bart promises to get the ₤1,000 for the procedure by noon the next day and instructs Fisher to make the preparations. Meanwhile, at Webber's orders, Waxy kills Nico. Webber goes to Brook's house to offer the editor a bribe to quash the series, but when Brook refuses, Webber has Waxy shoot him. Hoping to borrow money from Webber, Bart goes to the office in search of him, then to Brook's house, arriving in time to see Webber and the others depart. Bart finds Brook, who utters Webber's name and "diamonds" just before dying. When Jill enters the room and sees Bart standing over her uncle with a gun, she believes that Bart is guilty of the shooting. While Jill telephones the police, Bart flees, going to the El Rico, where he forces his way into Webber's office. There, Bart demands ₤1,000 for his silence on Brook's murder. When Webber hesitates, Bart reveals that he needs the money for his son's operation and offers to plead guilty to the murder in exchange for the money. Webber accepts with Bart's promise to turn himself in to Scotland Yard the following day. Meanwhile, Inspector Lane from Scotland Yard questions The Clarion 's staff and learns of Nico's visit and the planned series. Early the following morning, Bart meets with Fisher to make the payment and bid farewell to his son, receiving assurance that the boy will depart at noon. Webber and his cronies follow Bart to Scotland Yard at midday, but when Bart stops to telephone Fisher, he discovers that Jimmy's private flight has been delayed until five o'clock. Upset by the change, Bart nevertheless turns himself in. Lane questions Bart, who claims he killed Brook in anger over losing his job, but is vague about where he got the gun. Back at the newspaper, Steve tells Jill that he does not believe Bart is guilty and reveals that he has learned that Bart went to see Fisher. Curious, Jill locates Fisher, who reveals the details of Jimmy's illness and the emergency flight scheduled for later that day. When Jill visits Bart in custody to let him know that she believes in his innocence, he refuses her offer of assistance. After the local police find Nico's body, a Scotland Yard forensic expert informs Lane that the gun used to kill Nico and Brook was the same. As Bart's movements do not match the time of Nico's death, Lane releases him. At the The Clarion , Jill and Steve piece together Bart's knowledge of Nico's association with Webber and Jill hastens to the club to investigate. When Bart telephones Steve to plead with him not to publish any details of his release, he learns of Jill's decision to go to the El Rico and follows her there. At the club, Jill overhears Webber's plans for the diamonds, but is caught by the smugglers before she can escape. Bart sees Jill being led to a car by Waxy and follows them to a warehouse where Webber intends to sell the diamonds. Bart intervenes, rescuing Jill and recovering the diamonds. Bart insists that he must return the diamonds to Webber as he fears for Jimmy's safety, but while he telephones the gangster, Jill takes the diamonds and flees. Frantic, Bart searches for Jill at The Clarion , but upon leaving is picked up by Webber. Angered by the loss of the gems, Webber informs Bart that they will prevent Jimmy's departure until the diamonds are returned. Insisting that he can recover the diamonds, Bart seeks out Jill at an interview she is covering. After Jill tells Bart that she has placed the diamonds in a safe at the newspaper office, the couple escapes from Webber and heads to the airport to protect Jimmy. Webber and his gang follow and when they attempt to prevent Jimmy from boarding the plane, Bart knocks out Webber and runs down his henchmen. Jimmy boards safely as a relieved Bart and Jill see him off, promising to wait for his return.
Charles F. Vetter Jr.
Peter Swanwick and Wensley Pithey's names were misspelled in the credits as "Peter Swanick" and "Wensley Pithy." The picture was shot in London, England, with interiors at Southall Studios. Popular British singing star Tommy Steele's onscreen credit reads "And introducting Tommy Steele singing 'Rebel Rock.'" Steele, who performed the song but did not otherwise act in the film, had previously appeared in the 1957 British picture The Tommy Steele Story (released in the U.S. as Rock Around the World), which was released prior to Kill Me Tomorrow but was filmed a few months later.