Frederick Piper

Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry

Hue and Cry

IMDb: 6.9
1947
82min

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip’s wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies.

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Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

IMDb: 6.3
1939
108min

In coastal Cornwall, England, during the early 19th Century, a young woman discovers that she’s living with a gang of criminals who arrange shipwrecking for profit.

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The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

The Blue Lamp

IMDb: 6.9
1950
84min

P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional “copper” who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic Ealing ‘ordinary’ hero, but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of Tom Riley (Bogarde). Called to the scene of a robbery at a local cinema, Dixon finds himself face-to-face with Riley, a desperate youth armed with a revolver. Dixon initially tries to talk Riley into surrendering the weapon, but Riley panics and fires. Dixon walks to his own death almost uncomprehending. Dixon is taken to hospital, but dies some hours later. The ending is another Ealing quirk, with ordinary decent society, including ‘professional’ criminals used to violence, banding together to track down and catch the murderer, who is trapped in the crowd at White City greyhound track in west London. To Andy Mitchell falls the honour of arresting Riley.

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