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Hue and Cry (1947)

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 ... See full summary »

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Harry Fowler ...
Frederick Piper ...
Vida Hope ...
Heather Delaine ...
Dorrie Kirby
Douglas Barr ...
Alec
Stanley Escane ...
Roy
Ian Dawson ...
Norman
Gerald Fox ...
Dicky
David Simpson ...
Arthur
Albert Hughes ...
Wally
John Hudson ...
Stan
David Knox ...
Dusty
Jeffrey Sirett ...
Bill
James Crabbe ...
Terry (as James Crabb)
Joan Dowling ...
Clarry
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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. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Houdt den dief!  »

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Trivia

The plot involves the non-existence of the vehicle registration mark GZ used by the crooks. This did in fact exist at the time, but it was in use in Belfast. Might have been seen in London, but would have been unusual. See more »

Goofs

When the children leave the sewer via the man hole cover, none of the boys' trousers are wet. When the children are seen running down the street away from the camera, the girl is leading the group but she was not shown emerging from the man hole. The clip is very short but in slow motion the girl's dress and legs can be seen therefore the lead person must be the girl. See more »

Quotes

Felix H. Wilkinson: Oh, how I loathe adventurous-minded boys.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, there appears on the wall a drawing of 'Chad', beside which is written WOT NO PRODUCER ?

The producer's name, Michael Balcon, appears in the next frame. See more »


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Oh For the Wings of A Dove
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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The only Ealing Comedy with Alastair Sim?
31 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Though I don't think this film is particularly well regarded, or even known; this is a splendid little tale of youth as the adult world would prefer it and a rather kindly mentor in the lugubrious shape of Alastair Sim. The plot hinges on the now unknown pursuits of comic strips and collecting vehicle registration (licence) plate numbers.

The humour is more subtle and understated than in the later films, indeed one can feel the transition with the years through films such as The Magnet and The Maggie before we reach the true classics of the genre.

Finally, though many will link the name of the great Alastair Sim with Ealing Comedies, am I right in thinking that this, the first of the Ealing Comedies is the only one to feature him?

Alastair is better known working with other studios I believe.


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