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The Flying Squad (1940)

Dedicated young Inspector Bradley of Scotland Yard is on the trail of Mark McGill, murderous ringleader of a smuggling organization in London. Hindering his investigation is pretty Ann ... See full summary »

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Phyllis Brooks ...
Ann Perryman
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Mark McGill
Basil Radford ...
Sederman
Ludwig Stössel ...
Li Yoseph
Manning Whiley ...
Ronnie Perryman
Kathleen Harrison ...
Mrs. Schifan
Cyril Smith ...
Tiser
Henry Oscar ...
Kynaston Reeves ...
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Allan Jeayes ...
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Dedicated young Inspector Bradley of Scotland Yard is on the trail of Mark McGill, murderous ringleader of a smuggling organization in London. Hindering his investigation is pretty Ann Perryman who has been convinced by McGill that Bradley is responsible for her brother's death. In reality McGill has murdered her brother, which Bradley is trying to prove. Written by SweetBetsy

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12 October 1940 (UK)  »

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Det tysta vittnet  »

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This is one of about three dozen British films picked up by CBS in 1949 for television presentation. Its initial telecasts took place in Los Angeles Saturday 16 July 1949 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in New York City Saturday 27 August 1949 on WCBS (Channel 2). Since this title had never been shown theatrically in the USA, these were also its USA premiere showings. See more »

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Mind the trapdoor!
25 September 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Sebastian Shaw (Inspector Bradley) wears too much make-up. He is also on the trail of some face powder smugglers. These face powders, while being illegally smuggled, are actually also a front for some type of drug smuggling. Anyway, Shaw suspects society bigwig Jack Hawkins (Mark McGill) is behind it all. He is, but how will Shaw get his man?

The film moves along at a good pace. There is a sinister violin player Ludwig Stossel (Li Yoseph) who plays an important part in the story, but his violin playing is atrocious. Basil Radford also turns up as an eccentric actor. The cast are OK but the fist fights are very poorly executed.

We know what the outcome will be but this whole face powder smuggling racket does make you think that they never really got to the top man in the organization. Just look at Inspector Shaw's face – definitely some police involvement with the powder! The film is OK, but that's all. Funny last line.


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