|Directed by||Anthony Squire|
The story takes place in a Cornish fishing town in the 1950s.
Local fisherman assemble in a local pub, apparently to practice their bell-ringing. They approached by two foreign men (and one woman) who are interested in making use of a boat and ask questions about going to the French coast.
Albert Pascoe agrees to take them to France for £100, half paid in advance. They sail off on a moonlit night on a trip that will take until the next afternoon.
Meanwhile, back in the village, Albert's smaller rowboat is found with four large poached salmon in it. A friend hides them from the authorities.
Police get involved when it is revealed that one of the foreign men is a murderer.
In mid-channel the foreign men plot to kill Albert after he drops them in France. He is forewarned of this my the woman and attacks them as soon as they land, trying to wrestle a gun from Krassin. He spits in Clifford's face. Anna has not left the boat and when he returns to the boat they set off to sea again. Anna discusses her home country of Hungary where her father fished on Lake Balaton.
When quizzed by the police Albert reveals that he dropped the spies at Lands End knowing that they could not get off the beach and had no idea that it was not France.
The police refuse to charge Albert with illegally catching a dsalmon just as he returned to the harbour.
- Donald Houston - Albert Pascoe
- Fay Compton - Alice Pascoe
- Anton Diffring - Dmitri Krassin a spy
- Allan Cuthbertson - Clifford, a spy
- Delphi Lawrence - Anna Krassin
- William Hartnell - Herbert Whiteway, the landowner
- Kenneth Cope - Jeffrey of the Coast Guard (his first credited role in a film)
- Colin Douglas - Police Sergeant
- Robert Shaw - Ernest, an off-duty policeman who fills in for Albert in his bell-ringing role (Shaw's first film role albeit minor)
- Frank Lawton - Chief Constable
- Harry Towb - the pub landlord
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