The Flaw
Directed byTerence Fisher
Screenplay byBrandon Fleming
Story byBrandon Fleming
Produced byBrandon Fleming
Geoffrey Goodheart
StarringJohn Bentley
CinematographyCedric Williams
Edited byCarmen Belaieff
Music byGerrey Levey
Cybex Film Productions Ltd.
Distributed byRenown Pictures Corporation (UK)
Release date
  • October 1955 (1955-10) (UK)
Running time
61 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Flaw is a 1955 British crime film directed by Terence Fisher, and starring John Bentley and Donald Houston.[1] It was a remake of the 1933 film of the same name.[2] A racing car driver plots to murder his wealthy wife, but reckons without the interventions of the family lawyer.[3]


The film begins at a Formula 1 motor race. It is won by Paul Oliveri who is greeted by his girlfriend Monica after the race.

We jump a year to a coastal hotel where Paul proposes to monica on the balcony and she says yes as long as he gives up motor racing. We then jump again to the wedding reception.

They have a nice house in Kensington. Monica finds Paul writing his will and decides to do likewise. They ask Parker the butler to witness their signatures.

Within a year Paul is having an affair and Monica's old friend Jack Millway (who is also her solicitor) tells her of this. Monica is from a rich family and has given Paul £20,000 in the first year without question - but now she questions - and reveals to him that she knows of his affair. She says she is leaving home and going to Surrey.

Paul goes alone to the theatre in London's West End. He makes a fuss about changing his booked seat at the box office and is sure he is noticed. He goes to the theatre bar, again making sure he is noticed then circles back and leaves. He tracks down John Millway and invites him back to his house for a drink. Paul starts discussing his wish to kill Monica then he explains how he is going to kill Jack, relating the movements of his evening. Paul then says he would poison his drink and explains how he will dispose of the body. He tells him his body will never be found. Jack starts to slowly die and demands to be allowed to leave.

Paul says he has already murdered someone the same way: a business partner in Montevideo. Jack dies as he dies his last words are 'There is a FLAW'. Paul puts the body in his car as per his plot.

Paul takes the body in his car to the seaside home where Monica and her maid are staying.

The FLAW in Paul's plan now becomes obvious. There is much furtive heaving of Jack's body from car to boat when Paul hopes no one is observing. It seems to be the FLAW boils down to the old story of how awkward it is to dispose of a human corpse with dignified aplomb.

No! It turns out that Jack didn't actually take the poison but has been daft enough to put himself alone on a boat with a man whose only hope is to murder him!

Luckily for Jack Paul trips over a rope as they are fighting and falls in the sea.

All a bit silly but a jolly good romp if you like that sort of thing.

I found myself wondering where they were. I found this. Not sure it looks like the Shoreham on Sea I now know.

'The Flaw made in 1955 and starring John Bentley, produced by Cybex at Brighton Film studios includes location filming in both London and Shoreham. It is an interesting story with good central performances from JB; Rona Anderson &Donald Houston.'



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  3. ^ "The Flaw (1955) - Terence Fisher | Synopsis, Characteristics, Moods, Themes and Related | AllMovie".