The Glass Tomb

The Glass Cage


Montgomery Tully
Hammer Films

Sleazy, well as sleazy as you can get for 1955, tale of murder and circuses - David Blaine wasn't original! Lesser Hammer non-horror. For Hammer and UK cinema completists. Never expected to see these on DVD.

-The Sloth

Circus promoter gets drawn into a murder case, both as witness and suspect, while trying to create the big spectacle that will get his career to take off.

More a collection of noir tropes than a proper film noir, though the circus elements add some interest. It could also be said it's less of a movie than a collection of interesting scenes that never quite gel into a film. It actually seems more like a prototypical entry of the "Edgar Wallace Mysteries" than anything else. Nonetheless, the cast is excellent, the script has a wry humor and Tully manages to make the whole thing watchable, even after it was cut down by some 10-12 minutes. In terms of the exploitation surrounding a distressed, trapped figure, it does resemble Ace in the Hole, which, ironically enough, was first released as The Big Carnival. It's a bit difficult to comprehend the appeal of a "starving man" exhibit, though, and even moreso to picture Pohlmann as that man!

Note: Dandy Nichols is credited on IMDb as 'Woman with child,' but while there is a resemblance, I am certain it is not her.

-Dave W.

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The Glass Tomb
15th April 1955


The Glass Cage
29th August 1955

59 mins

The Glass Tomb
28th November 2006


John Ireland
Pel Pelham
Honor Blackman
Jenny Pelham
Geoffrey Keen
Harry Stanton
Eric Pohlmann
Henri Sapolio
Sid James
Tony Lewis
(as Sidney James)
Liam Redmond
Inspector Lindley
Sydney Tafler
Rorke (as Sidney Tafler)
Valerie Vernon
Arnold Marlé
Pop Maroni
[scenes deleted]
Nora Gordon
Marie Sapolio
Sam Kydd
Ferdy Mayne
Tonia Bern
Rena Maroni
Arthur Howard
Estate Agent
Stan Little
'Mick' Mickelwitz
(as Stanley Little)
Anthony Richmond
Peter Pelham
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Lewis' Tailor
Arthur Lovegrove
Harry (uncredited)
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Lewis' Bookkeeper
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Cyril's Wife
Jack May
Cyril (uncredited)
Bernard Bresslaw
'Ivan the Terrible'
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Party Guest
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Forensics Man
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Police Sergeant
Cleo Rose
Tiger Tamer's Wife / Ticket Girl
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Man Outisde Tent
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Woman Outside Tent
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Little Boy's Mother
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Little Boy
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Louie, Ticket Taker
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Harry's Moll
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Harry's Moll
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Man in Queue
Guy Standeven
Man in Queue
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Man in Queue
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Sapolio's Attendant
Frank Williams
Spectator (uncredited)
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Spectator Examining Cage
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Spectator Examining Cage
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Spectator Examining Cage
Dennis Wyndham
Spectator Talking to George
Ian Wilson
Spectator Eating Sandwich
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Spectator ("He's mad!")
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Delivery Boy
Desmond Newling
Man at Murder Scene
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Group at Murder Scene
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Group at Murder Scene
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Group at Murder Scene
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P.C. Questioning Group
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Doctor at Murder Scene
Ned Lynch
Plainsclothesman Outside Tent
Bruce Beeby
Sapolio's "Nurse"
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Plainclothesman in Tent
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Plainclothesman in Tent
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Decoy Sapolio
Doug Robinson
Stunts (uncredited)

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