Yield to the Night

Yield to the Night

Theatrical poster to the US release of Yield to the Night (1956)
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Produced by Kenneth Harper
Written by John Cresswell
Joan Henry
Starring Diana Dors
Music by Ray Martin
Cinematography Gilbert Taylor
Edited by Richard Best
Distributed by Associated British-Pathé
Release dates
14 June 1956 (World Premiere, London)
18 November 1956 (US)
Running time
99 mins.
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office £174,911[1]

Yield to the Night (also titled Blonde Sinner) is a 1956 British crime drama film starring Diana Dors as a murderer sentenced to hang and spending her last days in the condemned cell in a British women's prison.[2] It was directed by J. Lee Thompson. The film received much positive critical attention, particularly for the unexpectedly skilled acting of Dors, who had previously been cast solely as a British version of the typical "blonde bombshell".[3] The movie was nominated for the Palme d'Or at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[4]


The storyline in Yield to the Night bears a superficial resemblance to the Ruth Ellis case, which had occurred the previous year. However, the film is based on the novel of the same title published in 1954 by Joan Henry.[5] Coincidentally, Ruth Ellis appeared as an uncredited beauty queen in the 1951 film Lady Godiva Rides Again, also starring Diana Dors.



  1. Vincent Porter, 'The Robert Clark Account', Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, Vol 20 No 4, 2000 p510
  2. "Yield to the Night (1956)". BFI.
  3. "BFI Screenonline: Yield to the Night (1956)".
  4. "Festival de Cannes: Yield to the Night". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2009-02-07.
  5. Williams, Melanie (30 June 2006). "Diana Dors: An angry young woman". The Independent. Retrieved 1 November 2010.

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