Dangerous Corner (1970) : Press Cuttings
Episode cast overview:
Moray Watson … Robert Caplan
Ian Hendry … Charles Stanton
Margaretta Scott … Miss Mockridge
Gwen Watford … Olwen Peel
Nicola Pagett … Betty Whitehouse
Nicholas Pennell … Gordon Whitehouse
Joanna Dunham … Freda Caplan
Dangerous Corner was the first play by the English writer J. B. Priestley. It was premiered in May 1932 by Tyrone Guthrie at the Lyric Theatre, London, and filmed in 1934 by Phil Rosen.
Priestley had recently collaborated with Edward Knoblock on the dramatisation of The Good Companions and now wished “to prove that a man might produce long novels and yet be able to write effectively, using the strictest economy, for the stage.” While it was praised highly by James Agate, Dangerous Corner received extremely poor reviews and after three days he was told that the play would be taken off, a fate that he averted by buying out the syndicate. It then ran for six months. Priestley’s action was further vindicated by the worldwide success the play was to enjoy, although he soon lowered his estimate of this work and as early as 1938 remarked “It is pretty thin stuff when all is said and done.”
Robert and Freda Caplan are entertaining guests at their country retreat. A chance remark by one of the guests ignites a series of devastating revelations, revealing a hitherto undiscovered tangle of clandestine relationships and dark secrets, the disclosures of which have tragic consequences. The play ends with time slipping back to the beginning of the evening and the chance remark not being made, the secrets remaining hidden and the “dangerous corner” avoided.
Release Date: 1970 (UK)
Production Co: Yorkshire Television (YTV)