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August 5, 2017
I don't imagine this was an accurate account of life in 1949 and it certainly hasn't worn well with time. For all that it's probably how we wish things were, for good or bad it was responsible for the long running TV series Dixon of Dock Green. Luckily George Dixon rose from the grave...
½ February 6, 2017
Affectionate portrayal of cops on the beat in post-war London, showing their camaraderie in the face of a rise in youth crime. Jack Warner and Jimmy Hanley play mentor and mentee cops who have to deal with rebel Dirk Bogarde who stages a couple of robberies with his partner Patric Doonan and 17-year-old girlfriend (Peggy Evans). The young hoods are too wet-behind-the-ears for the professional criminal class who refuse to help them (and may even help the police instead). What we get, then, is partly police procedural with an occasional tilt toward noir (via some expressionist lighting) but more often we see the cops at work in their everyday roles (and in some cases cosily at home). Scenes with Bogarde don't really reveal the motivation behind his crimes but he's always charismatic. Add to this, the real London settings (especially seen in a frantic car chase) and the result is highly enjoyable, although admittedly fantasy (i.e. in the portrayal of the noble and caring cops who are too idealized to be really human).
½ September 26, 2015
a good British crime noir film it even had a car chase and Dirk Bogarde in a early role as a bad guy. i enjoyed this movie.
½ August 22, 2013
Wonderful performances from Jack Warner, Bernard Lee, Jimmy Hanley and Dirk Bogarde as the killer.
Super Reviewer
December 10, 2012
Police officers pursue a band of thieves who kill one of their own.
This film starts about thirty minutes too early; it's over a third of exposition. What is more, there is clear thesis to the film as it basically states in the first minute that it lauds the efforts of British police, and the film doesn't blanch at showing their bravery, resourcefulness, and teamwork. The officers are not flawed characters, nor are they really characters with any dimension. The bad guys are bad, nothing exceptional. And the plot unfolds rather predictably.
Overall, I think this film might have been innovative in 1950, paving the way for The French Connection and other crime dramas, but today it doesn't hold as much sway.
½ November 6, 2011
A film of two extremes. The first is the twee educational documentary about police procedure, and although it certainly feels intentional in order to deliver the jolt of the murderous and hard second extreme, something just doesn't quite click across the two. The set-up needed to be way shorter and the same effect could have been achieved without using such poor voice-over or making it such a blatant juxtaposition. However, when the drama does come, the shootings, car chases, and delivery of the word 'bastard' are sublimely handled and Bogarde's performance as the villain becomes the focus of the piece. Overall it is an inconsistent, but massively interesting and important British crime film that is superbly constructed when its not focussing on the lives of the jolly policemen.
February 8, 2011
Despite being VERY of its time, I was really impressed at the different ways this was shot on location, the depth in each frame, the attention to detail, minor characters, etc. I really liked it.
½ January 2, 2010
Dirke Bogarde played the part of the punchable, murdering little turd quite well. You used to get good, honest, decent criminals back then as well though. Funny to see that a lot of the social problems they were mentioning then are being mentioned in today's media as if it is something new.
½ February 14, 2009
need reminding good cast
Super Reviewer
September 10, 2008
won best British film from BAFTA
August 13, 2008
This came across more as a soap than a film. Having said that it was worth watching just to see Dirk Bogarde. The camera loves him, and my eyes were drawn to him each time he was on camera. He really was a charasmatic actor.
August 10, 2008
A classic British film that eventually spawned the series Dixon of Dock Green. An exemplary cast is led by Warner and a young Dirk Bogarde who shows how good he is as an actor in this film.
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