Chris goes to visit a pawnbroker, only to find him dead, and his own employer's wife, Doris, leaving the premises. She asks him to say nothing, but he goes to her house and discovers his employer dead in the garage. When he confronts her, Doris breaks down and gives herself up to the police.
Crown v. Stevens was one of a series of five films that Powell made for producer Irving Asher at Warner Brothers' Teddington studios, and is a crime melodrama that, had it been made a few years later, would probably have been labelled as a film noir. It tells the story of a man (played with aplomb by Patric Knowles) who becomes involved in the machinations of a murderous femme fatale, played with strength and conviction by Beatrix Thompson. The cinematography is by Basil Emmott and the screenplay by Brock Williams, both of whom also worked in the same capacities on three earlier films Powell had made for Asher: Something Always Happens and two “lost” films, The Girl in the Crowd and Someday. In its ambiguous tone and rich cinematography, Crown recalls Her Last Affaire and, with the latter, is one of the few genuinely “dark” films made by Powell in this period.
Sergio Angelini (National Film and Television Archive)