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Dancing with Crime (1947)

 -  Crime | Drama | Film-Noir  -  25 June 1947 (UK)
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A London cab driver gets mixed up with a criminal gang and sets out to expose the group and its leader for what they are.

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Ted Peters
Barry K. Barnes ...
Paul Baker
Sheila Sim ...
Joy Goodall
Garry Marsh ...
Det. Sgt. Murray
John Warwick ...
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Judy Kelly ...
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Gregory
Bill Owen ...
Dave Robinson (as Bill Rowbotham)
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Sniffy
Peter Croft ...
Johnny
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At the end of WW2,demobilized soldiers Ted Peters and Dave Robinson return home to Britain where Ted becomes a taxi driver and Dave gets involved with the mob.Enjoing his lifestyle and the easy money,Dave offers to recruit his pal Ted who works hard for his money.But Ted refuses and Dave gets in a spat with his mob boss over money.When mob henchman Paul Baker shoots Dave,he runs and takes cover in Ted's taxi while Ted is having lunch.Eventually,Ted discovers his pal's lifeless body inside the cab.Scotland Yard starts an investigation,considering Dave's underworld affiliations.Mob boss Gregory believes that somehow taxi driver Ted knows the circumstances of his friend Dave's violent death.Therefore,Gregory decides to have Ted eliminated.On his part,Ted decides to investigate, on his own, the suspicious death of his friend Dave. Written by nufs68

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Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard)
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The villains come out top -- but only in the acting stakes
8 November 2012 | by (England) – See all my reviews

This film sounded interesting from the subject matter, especially the dance-hall setting: and there is some good acting from the 'heavies', Barry K. Barnes as Paul Baker, the suave, good-looking and dangerous master of ceremonies, and Barry Jones as 'Mr Gregory', the mind behind the scenes. Unfortunately I didn't find the young hero and heroine particularly involving -- they are basically blank spots in the script marked "Generic Virtuous Character" -- and as the plot begins to be twisted in their favour with more and more incredulity-straining coincidences I found my tolerance decreasing. Diana Dors catches the eye in an unbilled (and for all that surprisingly prominent) part as one of the 'professional partners' at the dance hall, and various character actors do their reliable stuff. There are moments of genuine tension: but, alas, for me at least they always involved conflict between the villains rather than the endangerment of Our Heroes which was supposed to provide excitement. I'm afraid I got much more worried by Toni Masters' possible fate at the hands of a psychotic lorry-driver -- since she is a Bad Girl and therefore has some actual character conflict -- than by a punch-up involving Ted Peters, who is bound to win by some total fluke anyhow.

The film looked promising at the start, but I failed to get involved and ended up feeling manipulated instead.


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