The Walking Stick

Overview

Based on a novel by Winston Graham, The Walking Stick stars Samantha Eggar as Deborah, a polio-stricken woman courted by charming artist Leigh Hartley David Hemmings. She moves in with Leigh, who immediately suggests that she help him rob the antique store where she works. Her common sense clouded by love, Deborah agrees. She is laboring under the misapprehension that Leigh will use the stolen loot to open up their own antique shop. He of course has no such intention, having orchestrated the whole romance for his...
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Overview

Based on a novel by Winston Graham, The Walking Stick stars Samantha Eggar as Deborah, a polio-stricken woman courted by charming artist Leigh Hartley David Hemmings. She moves in with Leigh, who immediately suggests that she help him rob the antique store where she works. Her common sense clouded by love, Deborah agrees. She is laboring under the misapprehension that Leigh will use the stolen loot to open up their own antique shop. He of course has no such intention, having orchestrated the whole romance for his own greedy gain. Both Samantha Eggar and David Hemmings are too talented for the sluggish goings-on in The Walking Stick, but actors do have to eat once in a while.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Although it is a very flawed film, The Walking Stick is valuable as a showcase for two of the brighter talents to emerge in the British cinema of the 1960s. Rarely were Samantha Eggar and David Hemmings given vehicles that were real matches for their talent, and Stick is no exception. While it tries hard to be an understated meditation on love, desire, evil, and other aspects of humanity, it's a little afraid to go as far as it needs to in this direction. Instead, it falls back on some melodramatic plotting, which undercuts its effectiveness as observational drama. Even without the melodrama, the screenplay doesn't delve deeply enough into its characters and situations, going more for a slightly-below-skin-deep approach instead. Eric Till's leisurely direction doesn't help matters, but he does have the benefit of Arthur Ibbetson's always sensitive lensing. Eggar and Hemmings do wonders with the material, with Eggar especially finding nuances and levels that help to create a rich and detailed performance. Hemmings uses his innate charm to very good effect here and maintains his credibility throughout the character's changes of heart. When these two are clicking, there's a life and vitality to The Walking Stick that makes it seem more special than it really is.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2012
  • UPC: 883316630228
  • Original Release: 1970
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  • Source: Warner Archives
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 48,496

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Hemmings Leigh Hartley
Samantha Eggar Deborah Dainton
Emlyn Williams Jack Foil
Phyllis Calvert Erica Dainton
Ferdinand "Ferdy" Mayne Douglas Dainton
Dudley Sutton Ted Sandymount
Francesca Annis Arabella Dainton
Gwen Cherrell Mrs. Hartley
Bridget Turner Sarah Dainton
John Woodvine Bertie Irons
David Savile David Talbot
Walter Horsbrugh Maitland
David Griffin Benjy
Basil Henson Inspector Malcolm
Nan Munro Mrs. Stevenson
Anthony Nicholls Lewis Maude
Susan Payne Deborah as a Child
Donald Sumpter Max
Technical Credits
Eric Till Director
Colin Brewer Asst. Director
Pamela Cornell Set Decoration/Design
Mia Fonssagrives Costumes/Costume Designer
Jerry Gershwin Producer
John Graysmark Art Director
Denis Holt Associate Producer
John Howell Production Designer
Arthur Ibbetson Cinematographer
John Jympson Editor
Elliott Kastner Producer
Alan Ladd Jr. Producer
Stanley Myers Score Composer
Ronnie Taylor Camera Operator
Vicky Tiel Costumes/Costume Designer
Gerry Turner Sound/Sound Designer
Sue Yelland Costumes/Costume Designer
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