The Man Inside
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Directed byJohn Gilling
Written by
Produced by
CinematographyTed Moore
Edited byBert Rule
Music byRichard Rodney Bennett
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release dates
  • 7 September 1958 (1958-09-07) (UK)
  • December 1958 (1958-12) (US)
Running time
90 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Man Inside is a 1958 British crime adventure film brought to the screen by Warwick Film Productions. The screenplay from David Shaw was based on a novel by M. E. Chaber and was directed by John Gilling. The film was Bonar Colleano's last role before he died in a car accident.[2]


Sam Carter (Nigel Patrick) is a jeweller's clerk who dreams of stealing a fortune in diamonds and eventually does so but kills a man in the process. He then embarks on the highlife but is pursued across Europe by Milo March (Jack Palance), a private detective who suspects that not all is above board. However, March is not alone in his pursuit, as Trudi Hall (Anita Ekberg) has her own ideas as to how the money would be best spent. Also two thugs, Martin Lomer (Bonar Colleano) and Gerard Heinz (Robert Stone), are after the largest diamond in the stolen hoard. All of these characters end up fighting and trying to outwit each other over the largest diamond, which is worth $700,000, on a train travelling to London. This precious diamond is described by March as "$700,000 of unhappiness", because people are willing to do anything, even kill, to get it.



Alan Ladd was originally announced to play the lead.[3] Then Victor Mature was going to play it.[4]

In October 1957 filming for the project was pushed back from November to April 1958 in order to allow for Warwick's challenged cash flow following the box office disappointment of Fire Under Below.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Warwick Shrinks Overhead and Sked". Variety. 23 October 1957. p. 4.
  2. ^ "Bonar Colleano Biography - Yahoo! Movies". Archived from the original on 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ Edwin Schallert, 'Alan Ladd Gets Huge England Deal; Hunting Film Stars Prime Trio', Los Angeles Times 16 Sep 1957: C11
  4. ^ STUDIO SUSPENDS KIM NOVAK PACT: Columbia Acts After She Refuses Paramount Role-- Debbie Reynolds to Star Nature Has Its Way New York Times 31 August 1957: 18.