Do You Know This Voice? (1964) – reviewed by George

A short, taut thriller about a woman who ignores police advice and tells the newspaper that she saw the man who made the call in a public box demanding ransom for their kidnapped son from the Wilsons (Alan Edwards and Shirley Cameron). Police Superintendent Hume (Peter Madden) had warned the woman that the police could not protect her, so don’t do it, but now his hand has been forced. He has to assign young Detective Sergeant Connor (Barry Warren) to live with Mrs. Marotta (Isa Miranda) as a relative. He will still go to work, but will be there at night, when they think the man will attack to kill a “witness”. The thing is she really didn’t see him, because she had dropped the money she had in her hand for the call, and was picking it up when he left the box. She feels confident, however, that there was something about him – something that she will remember sooner or later. Let’s hope sooner!
The Wilson boy was kidnapped, then murdered, before the ransom demand was made, so the police had a good reason to try to discourage Mrs. Marotta; the killer is obviously a very dangerous man. But she maintained that she is old, and what better way to die than bringing such a monster to judgment. The monster is Mr. Hopta (Dan Duryea), and he works as an orderly at the local hospital, but is always dissatisfied and wants more money, and being a lifelong criminal, he knows ways to obtain cash. His wife (Gwen Watford) knows he’s evil, knows he killed the boy, and knows he’s intent on killing Mrs. Marotta, who is actually a neighbor, but she still loves him.
The police had already found the body before the ransom call was made, so they recorded the call, and put it on the telly, where it could be played as the newsreader asked, “Do you know this voice?”
As Hopta continues to ignore his wife’s tearful pleas and continues attempts on Mrs. Marotta’s life, the suspense is very thick. And the three principals: Duryea, Miranda, and Watford, all do marvelous work.
Shot at Shepperton Studios, and based on the novel by Evelyn Berckman, with a screenplay by Neil McCallum. Directed by Frank Nesbitt.

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