From LGBT Archive
Dirk Bogarde as a bisexual barrister, Melville Farr, who helps to track down a gang of blackmailers, and agrees to give evidence against them while knowing the publicity will destroy his career. Dirk Bogarde took a keen interest in the writing of the script; it was considered a very bold step for him to appear in such a controversial film, even though his own sexuality was never made public.
The film has been credited with helping to prepare public opinion for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967.
It was the first English-language film to use the word "homosexual".
- Steve Greenfield, Guy Osborn and Peter Robson, "Film and the law", Routledge, 2001. isbn=978-1-85941-639-6 page 118