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The Smugglers (1947)

The Man Within (original title)
Passed | | Adventure, Crime, Drama | 31 January 1948 (USA)
Told in flashback, the film opens on a brutal scene of a 17-year-old boy, Francis Andrews, being brutally lashed during a police interrogation in which the boy thinks back to the past that ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Francis Andrews
Francis L. Sullivan ...
Mr. Braddock
Felix Aylmer ...
Ronald Shiner ...
Cockney Harry
Basil Sydney ...
Sir Henry Merriman
Allan Jeayes ...
Ralph Truman ...
Prison Interrogator
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Cyril Chamberlain ...
Court clark
Andrew Crawford
Maurice Denham ...
Lyn Evans ...


Told in flashback, the film opens on a brutal scene of a 17-year-old boy, Francis Andrews, being brutally lashed during a police interrogation in which the boy thinks back to the past that placed him in this situation. He betrayed the crew of a smuggling ship whose master, Richard Carlyon, was also his guardian. Some of the smugglers are caught, but Carlyon escapes and then begins his search for Andrews. Carlyon was quiet fond of the boy but knew him for a coward. Andrews seeks refuge in in the cottage of a girl named Elizabeth, who urges him to give testimony against the smugglers in court. He summons his courage and does so. Carlyon, catching up with Andrews, recognizes this as an act of courage, and does not take revenge on him. Carlyon is eventually caught, but despite the police torture, Andrews does not identify him, and he goes free while his guardian faces the gallows. (The original-British-released version runs about 20 minutes longer than the "default" ---actually USA--- ... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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How Could He Resist The Charms Of Jean Kent
28 June 2014 | by (london) – See all my reviews

This film is virtually unknown.I can never recall it showing on TV in the UK and it is not available on DVD>It is an interesting film with an exceptional cast.However most of the film seems to consist of Richard Attenborough being flogged,tortured or threatened.not surprisingly his most oft used line is "I hate him".Furthermore when offered the ample charms of Jean Kent he resists her and flees back to Joan Greenwood who is afflicted with an awful French accent.There is some very good technicolour camera-work.However it is clear that this film must have got lost in the rush of costume dramas coming out of Gainsborough Studios.It doesn't deserve to be forgotten.

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