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Account Rendered (1957)

Police find that everyone had a motive for the murder of a wealthy woman.


Peter Graham Scott


Pamela Barrington (novel), Barbara S. Harper (screenplay)


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Griffith Jones ... Robert Ainsworth
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Lucille Ainsworth
Honor Blackman ... Sarah Hayward
Ewen Solon ... Detective Inspector Marshall
Carl Bernard Carl Bernard ... Gilbert Morgan
Mary Jones Mary Jones ... Nella Langford (as Mary Tenes)
Philip Gilbert ... John Langford
John Van Eyssen John Van Eyssen ... Clive Franklyn
Robert Raikes Robert Raikes ... Detective Sgt. Berry
Gordon Phillott Gordon Phillott ... Rigby
Doris Yorke ... Landlady
Vernon Smythe Vernon Smythe ... Col. Jarvis
Gerda Larsen Gerda Larsen ... Blondi
Harry Ross Harry Ross ... Bernard Goodman
Barry Steele Barry Steele ... Barman


Police find that everyone had a motive for the murder of a wealthy woman.

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Release Date:

August 1957 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Rechnung ist beglichen See more »

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Major Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was first released to theaters in England as a second feature. Four years later it was screened on American television as the third episode of Kraft Mystery Theater (1959). See more »


Clive Franklyn: I'm glad she's dead. I feel free for the first time since I've known her. She obsessed me, she... I couldn't live with her, couldn't live without her. She had everything and nothing. She looked passionate; she was sexless. She had the face of truth; she didn't know the meaning of the word. She was an illusion... nothing.
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Not Much of a Movie, But Good as a Mystery
17 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Ursula Howells, wife of merchant banker Griffith Jones, exchanges catty remarks with Honor Blackman at a party, goes to her lover, painter John van Eyssen, to see the painting of herself she is giving to her husband on his birthday, leaves abruptly to go to Hampstead Heath. When there, she screams at the camera and soon the police are investigating her murder. There are half a dozen fine candidates in this mystery.

This 58-minute B movie is directed at such a breakneck speed by Peter Graham Scott that there is no wasted time. There's also nothing in terms of grace notes, rendering the skilled players almost superfluous. True, Harry Ross, who turns up late, gets some humor out of his three-minute turn, but that's about the limit of it.

On the other hand, the movie does play fair enough with the rules of writing a mystery; I thought I had spotted the murderer early based on structure, but turned out to be wrong. As a result, if you enjoy a mystery without much in the way of frills, this is for you. Me, I want more.

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