Against a background of Christmas and the pending arrival of another baby for the landlord, a group of pub locals lead by bookie Joe Harris set out to prove that former customer Eddie ... See full summary »

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Gordon Harker ...
Elizabeth Allan ...
Queenie
Mervyn Johns ...
Wickers
Joyce Barbour ...
Sally
Anna Konstam ...
Ivy
Cyril Raymond ...
Harry Small
Judy Campbell ...
Doris
Al Millen ...
Fred
Norman Pierce ...
Bill Hoskins
Alec Clunes ...
Eddie Graves
Mavis Villiers ...
Joan
Felix Aylmer ...
Mayor
O.B. Clarence ...
Sir Archibald
Aubrey Dexter ...
Major
Helena Pickard ...
Mrs Small
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Against a background of Christmas and the pending arrival of another baby for the landlord, a group of pub locals lead by bookie Joe Harris set out to prove that former customer Eddie Graves is not guilty of the murder for which he is due to be hanged in the morning. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Wickers: All going well with your good lady?
Bill Hoskins: Tonight they reckon. It isn't her first, but it don't seem to make it any easier.
Wickers: It'll be your sixth won't it?
Bill Hoskins: Seventh...
Ivy: All the same these publicans - very profolic.
Wickers: Profolic?
Ivy: You know - profolic like rabbits.
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Tight little thriller
19 August 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is probably the greatest film, set entirely inside a pub, ever made (admittedly a small field). The interest is not on the whodunit plot, and certainly not on the plausibility of the premise that the regulars in a pub could solve a mystery in a single night before closing time. But the combination of a group of vintage character actors doing their stuff, in a setting dripping with nostalgic possibilities, is irresistible. Mervyn Johns at his most lugubrious, spending virtually the entire picture on a barstool; Gordon Harker as a bumptious bookie; Roddy Hughes as a vague, cheery doctor; a wonderfully characterised set of bar staff; a hilarious group of cheeky carol singers (including the young Roddy McDowall). The film gives a tremendous sense of the small communities in the middle of London in the immediate post-war, and the transient populations of rich and poor alike who might wander through. The historians and sociologists can detect the wartime social solidarity about to break down; those who lived through the times can enjoy the nostalgia. Warm, funny and brilliantly realised.


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