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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 ...
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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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A piece of graffiti seen during the title sequence reads "Corny is a rotter", an in-joke reference to producer Henry Cornelius whose nickname was 'Corny' (and possibly heartfelt as Cornelius was a hard-driving perfectionist). 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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Operation Seagull and the Blood and Thunder Boys.
22 March 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Trump!

Forgotten, under seen or not very good? Either way Hue & Cry is a very important film in the pantheon of Ealing Studios. Blending comedy with that of a children's thriller, this would be the launching pad for the long string of Ealing classics that would follow. Nobody at the time would know of its importance, nor did head guru Micahel Balcon have ideas to steer the studio in the direction that it would take, thus practically inventing its own genre of film.

In truth, it's a scratchy film, admittedly one with moments of class and social hilarity, nifty set-ups and ever likable young actors, but it's a bit too wrought to fully work, the odd blend of comic book values and crime busting youths is never at one for a fully rounded spectacle. But the hints of greatness are there, an awareness of the times, the half bombed London backdrop, the send-ups of Hollywood conventions, and the irrepressible Alastair Sim a forerunner of many eccentrics to follow.

Hue & Cry is a fine and decent viewing experience, and perhaps it's harsh to judge it against "those" bona fide classics coming up along the rails? But really it's more for historical values to seek it out and it's not an Ealing film you would recommend to a newcomer wanting to acquaint themselves with that most brilliant of British studios. 6.5/10

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