By Sean Kaye-Smith
When Vertigo first turned its attention to the work of the British writer, actor and director Jane Arden (1927-82) two summers ago, the prospects for anyone wishing to follow up the article – Unknown Pleasures (Issue 11 | August 2007) – by actually seeing Arden’s films were pretty grim. On some counts they remain so. The two crime thrillers Arden starred in the late 1940s are currently as invisible as ever. Neither film has ever been released on video or DVD nor shown on television. This is not entirely surprising in the case of Richard M. Grey’s wonderfully titled A Gunman Has Escaped (1948); even the copy in the BFI National Film and Television Archive is incomplete. So this sounds like a job for the irrepressible Matthew Sweet, who is already, no doubt, scouring the boots of abandoned Vauxhall Crestas in search of a complete print.