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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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February 1947 (UK)  »

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Houdt den dief!  »

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The plot derives some inspiration from the story, 'Emil and the Detectives' by 'Erich Kastner'. Kastner's story has been filmed several times. 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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A nostalgic movie, brightened by scenes of London's blitzed buildings, before developers began to pour unsightly concrete.
25 February 2006 | by (Scottsdale, Arizona) – See all my reviews

I found a copy of this movie in my local (Phoenix, Arizona) used book store. Ah, bliss! The sights of old London, albeit somewhat bomb-damaged, before the developers started to build ugly tower blocks. The movie itself is excellent, with good characterization for the 'kids', although Jack Warner's role as the villain seems a little overblown. Alistair Sim's role as the nervous author of comic books is an excellent vignette, showing his trademark nervous twitchy smile. The final chase and confrontation, at "Ballard's Wharf", reputedly in Wapping, was actually filmed on the opposite side of the river, as can be scene in the long shots, where St. Paul's cathedral can be seen.


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