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Hue and Cry (1947)

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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 ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Fowler ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Joe Kirby
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Kirby
Vida Hope ...
Mrs. Kirby
Heather Delaine ...
Dorrie Kirby
Douglas Barr ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Alec
Stanley Escane ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Roy
Ian Dawson ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Norman
Gerald Fox ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Dicky
David Simpson ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Arthur
Albert Hughes ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Wally
John Hudson ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Stan
David Knox ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Dusty
Jeffrey Sirett ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Bill
James Crabbe ...
The 'Blood and Thunder Boys' - Terry (as James Crabb)
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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 <>

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February 1947 (UK)  »

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1.37 : 1
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The first film of Dandy Nichols. See more »


When Joe Kirby first looks at the milk bar shop front (near the beginning, just after asking the man with the open top car if he is Selwyn Pike), the light fitting casts a very long shadow. But in the next shot of the shop, it is lit from a different direction, and the shadow has completely changed in length and position. See more »


Felix H. Wilkinson: Oh, how I loathe adventurous-minded boys.
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Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »


Oh For the Wings of A Dove
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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Cockney kids rout a gang of criminals.
9 June 2000 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was the first of the Ealing comedies and after fifty years it is still entertaining.The only thing that hasn't stood the test of time is the overacting of Alistair Sim as a writer of boy's adventure stories. The kids in the film are wonderfully natural.

Pictorially it is an interesting look at a London still suffering from the war. Most of the film was shot on location and the kids playgrounds were the bomb damaged buildings. During the climatic scenes there are some magnificent shots, taken from above, where it appears as though every kid in London is rushing through the streets to help capture the criminals.

Oddly enough, although very different, the movie had somewhat the same scenic look as THE THIRD MAN. Both were set in bomb damaged cities and in HUE AND CRY there is even a scene where the kids escape through the sewers of London, predating Harry Lime's famous scene in the sewers of Vienna.

North Americans may find the accents rather a deterrent but I think the film is well worth the effort.

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