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Crime Over London (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Romance | 27 July 1938 (USA)
Things are getting too hot in New York City for "Joker" Finnegan and his gang, so they decide to move their activities to London. There, Inspector Gray of Scotland Yard is keeping a polite ... See full summary »



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Credited cast:
Pearl - Gang-Moll
Inspector Gary
David Burns ...
Mr. Sherwood / Reilly
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René Ray ...
Ronald Martin (as Bruce Lister)
Edmon Ryan ...
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Miss Dupres
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Soap salesman


Things are getting too hot in New York City for "Joker" Finnegan and his gang, so they decide to move their activities to London. There, Inspector Gray of Scotland Yard is keeping a polite eye on them as "Joker" is planning a big robbery of a large department store, known as the House of a Thousand Windows. "Joker" forces an American actor named Reilly to impersonate Mr. Sherwood, the store owner, as Reilly and Mr. Sherwood are identical in appearance. Ronald Martin, store employee and nephew of Sherwood , is fooled also, but he is much distracted by the romance he is having with another store employee, Joan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

27 July 1938 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 3 September 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast it first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 30 November 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Referenced in This Above All (1942) See more »


Half a Dozen Reasons
Music by Philip Buchel
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
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Good time-passer, odd mix
21 December 2015 | by See all my reviews

A crime movie which doesn't quite know where it is going, switching between genres, and as variable as the American accents of the New York gang of crooks who fetch up in London until the heat is off them. They want to commit a big crime but can't decide what it is to be. They amuse themselves with robbery, treachery, adultery and cold-blooded murder. Meanwhile, a big department store is about to celebrate its 25th anniversary in light comedy scenes in which the actors seem on the edge of bursting into song. One half expects Jessie Matthews to appear, or even the Marx Brothers. Nothing links these two stories, except that the copper investigating the gang happens to be vying with the nephew of the store's owner, for the romantic attention of Joan. Sometimes it appears that we are watching two separate and completely different films, each pleasant but neither gripping, an effect also increased by a title sequence that weirdly suggests a Lugosi horror picture like 'The Dark Eyes of London.' Anyway, eventually the two plots come together, via a very long coincidence, and things speed up a bit. Lots of familiar faces, Paul Cavanagh, Margot Grahame, Basil Sydney, Joseph Cawthorn, Googie Withers, Roland Culver, Ian Fleming, Peter Gawthorne, Dino Galvani and Edward Rigby enlivening their scenes.

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