MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 1,666 this week

Hue and Cry (1947)

7.1
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.1/10 from 682 users  
Reviews: 19 user | 9 critic

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 »

Director:

Writer:

(original screenplay)
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

Fall TV Premiere Week

Many of your favorite shows are coming back, along with plenty of series premieres. Here's a list of the shows premiering between Sunday, September 21 and Friday, September 26.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 39 titles
created 06 Jun 2011
 
a list of 30 titles
created 20 Jun 2011
 
a list of 245 titles
created 09 Jun 2012
 
a list of 4211 titles
created 31 Jul 2012
 
a list of 1048 titles
created 06 Jul 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "Hue and Cry" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Hue and Cry (1947)

Hue and Cry (1947) on IMDb 7.1/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Hue and Cry.
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

High and Dry (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland
The Green Man (1956)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Work has been going with a bang for freelance assassin Hawkins but a job in England just after the war is a different matter. His apparently easy target, a pompous government minister, is ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Day, Basil Dearden
Stars: Alastair Sim, George Cole, Terry-Thomas
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Chaos ensues for staff and students alike when an all-boys and an all-girls school are amalgamated into one.

Director: Frank Launder
Stars: Alastair Sim, Margaret Rutherford, John Turnbull
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A train disaster is told as four short stories to give character studies of the people involved, how it will affect them and how they deal with it.

Directors: Sidney Cole, Charles Crichton, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Jack Warner, Gladys Henson, Susan Shaw
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
Whisky Galore (1949)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Scottish islanders try to plunder 50,000 cases of whisky from a stranded ship.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Basil Radford, Joan Greenwood, Catherine Lacey
Action | War | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

British agents engage in hazardous duty behind German lines.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Robert Beatty, Simone Signoret, Jack Warner
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

An escaped convict tries to hide out at his former lover's house but she has since married and is far from keen on the idea.

Director: Robert Hamer
Stars: Googie Withers, Jack Warner, John McCallum
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Based on the Stephen Potter "One Upmanship" and "Lifemanship" books, Henry Palfrey tries hard to impress but always loses out to the rotter Delauney. Then he discovers the Lifeman college ... See full summary »

Directors: Robert Hamer, Hal E. Chester, and 1 more credit »
Stars: Ian Carmichael, Terry-Thomas, Alastair Sim
Comedy | Musical | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  
Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Lily Pons, Jack Oakie, John Howard
All at Sea (1957)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A seasick sea captain commands an amusement pier despite local opposition.

Director: Charles Frend
Stars: Alec Guinness, Irene Browne, Maurice Denham
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Fred Midway may be a bit short on brains but he's got plenty of ambition. However, before he can gain promotion as a salesman he must make his family more socially acceptable.

Director: James MacTaggart
Stars: Warren Mitchell, Pat Heywood, Elaine Taylor
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Fowler ...
Frederick Piper ...
Mr. Kirby
Vida Hope ...
Mrs. Kirby
Heather Delaine ...
Dorrie Kirby
Douglas Barr ...
Stanley Escane ...
Ian Dawson ...
Gerald Fox ...
David Simpson ...
Albert Hughes ...
John Hudson ...
David Knox ...
Jeffrey Sirett ...
James Crabbe ...
Joan Dowling ...
Clarry
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

writer | boy | gang | ealing | kid gang | See more »


Certificate:

See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

February 1947 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Houdt den dief!  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first film of Dandy Nichols. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Felix H. Wilkinson: Oh, how I loathe adventurous-minded boys.
See more »

Connections

Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Oh For the Wings of A Dove
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The First 'Ealing' Comedy
14 March 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Generally reckoned to be the first 'Ealing' comedy,a fondly-regarded series of gentle,humorous satires of British life in the late 1940's-early 1950's,this is actually more of a rowdy,fast-paced crime caper than what gradually developed to the above familiar style of this famous film studio.However,it is none the worse for that,with an amusing script and speedy direction by Ealing veterans TEB Clarke and Charles Crichton,and efficient performances by a mostly teenage cast.Looking from a 21st Century viewpoint,it is an astonishing fact how UK teens dressed (in dull tweed suits) and behaved (no guns,knives or bad language) in the pre-rock n' roll era;in this more cynical day and age,it would be the adults stopping the kids committing crime rather than vice versa.This actually helps the film in giving it a quaint period charm which will never be recaptured,as is the well-photographed scenes of war-torn London.Alastair Sim is billed first but the real leading man is inimitable cockney actor Harry Fowler,while the usually genial Jack Warner (a little uncomfortably) is the main adult protagonist,a ruthless villain;Sim is enjoyably buffoonish as a cartoonist,but his is basically a minor character and little seen despite his top billing. The highlight is the final battle between the criminal gang and London street urchins who seem to swarm over their prey like soldier ants.The sequence is funny,exhilarating,thrilling and even spectacular.

HUE AND CRY isn't the best Ealing comedy,and not necessarily the most typical,but despite dated elements is still largely very enjoyable and pleasantly nostalgic for older film-goers.

RATING:7 and a half out of 10.


9 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Netflix zzi
Mansion block LGard43484
Discuss Hue and Cry (1947) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?