The Trunk
"The Trunk".jpg
Original 1961 poster
Directed byDonovan Winter
Screenplay byDonovan Winter
Story byEdward Abraham
Valerie Abraham
Produced byLawrence Huntington
StarringPhilip Carey
Julia Arnall
Dermot Walsh
CinematographyNorman Warwick
Edited byReginald Beck
Music byJohn Fox
Donwin Films
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • 6 September 1961 (1961-09-06) (United States)
Running time
72 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Trunk is a low budget, black and white 1961 British mystery film directed by Donovan Winter and starring Phil Carey, Julia Arnall and Dermot Walsh.[1][2]


Trouble ensues when Lisa marries Henry, a British lawyer. Lisa's jealous ex-boyfriend Stephen decides to take revenge by convincing her that she has killed Diane, her husband's ex-girlfriend. Lisa gives Stephen the money he wants to keep quiet and dispose of the corpse. Unfortunately, the dead woman's other ex-lover, Nicholas, sees the two together. After getting his money from Lisa, Stephen puts Diane's body in a trunk and drives to an isolated area. There he discovers that the woman is not feigning death; she has been killed by the jealous Nicholas, in a manner that will incriminate Stephen.


Critical reception

TV Guide wrote, "the movie is badly produced and too seamy for its own good."[3] In The New York Times, Bosley Crowther wrote, "now that the British are importing American actors to commit homicide in their low-budget movies, they seem to have lost their flair." Crowther called it a "foolish melodrama" that is "several kilometers removed from Agatha Christie."[4] Sky Movies called it a "creepy little thriller" that is "hugely enjoyable. The director doesn't miss a trick at tightening up the suspense."[5]


  1. ^ "The Trunk (1960) | BFI". Archived from the original on 20 July 2012. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  2. ^ "The Trunk 1961 Original Movie Poster Crime Drama Mystery: Dermot Walsh, Julia Arnall, Philip Carey: Entertainment Collectibles". 20 May 2014. Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  3. ^ "The Trunk Review". Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  4. ^ Crowther, Bosley (1 November 1962). "Movie Review - Almost Angels - Screen: 'Period of Adjustment' Opens:Film Based on Play by Tennessee Williams Marriage Difficulties Theme of Comedy". Retrieved 13 June 2014.
  5. ^ "The Trunk - Sky Movies HD". 9 October 2003. Retrieved 13 June 2014.