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Writers:
Jackson Budd (novel)
Noel Langley (screenplay)
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Release Date:
6 March 1948 (USA) See more »
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Gangway for Gangland's Blazing Guns!
Plot:
After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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The dialog alone is worth a rating of 9. See more (24 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Sally Gray ... Sally

Trevor Howard ... Clem

Griffith Jones ... Narcy
René Ray ... Cora (as Rene Ray)
Mary Merrall ... Aggie
Charles Farrell ... Curley
Michael Brennan ... Jim
Jack McNaughton ... Soapy

Cyril Smith ... Bert
John Penrose ... Shawney
Eve Ashley ... Ellen
Phyllis Robins ... Olga
Bill O'Connor ... Bill
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Fenshaw
Vida Hope ... Mrs. Fenshaw

Ballard Berkeley ... Rockliffe
Derek Birch ... Police Constable Murray

Peter Bull ... Fidgity Phil
Gordon Court ... Sergeant
Lyn Evans ... Lorry Driver
Enid Cruickshank ... Club Hostess

Sebastian Cabot ... Club Proprietor
Ida Patlanski ... Soho Girl
Howard Douglas ... Chief Warder
Charles Doe ... Electrician
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Diana Graves ... May (uncredited)
Sam Kydd ... Eddie (uncredited)
Beatrice Varley ... Farmer's Wife (uncredited)

Directed by
Alberto Cavalcanti  (as Cavalcanti)
 
Writing credits
Jackson Budd (novel "A Convict Has Escaped")

Noel Langley (screenplay)

Produced by
Nat A. Bronstein .... producer (as N.A. Bronsten)
James A. Carter .... executive producer (as James Carter)
Noel Langley .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Marius-François Gaillard  (as Marius Francois Gaillard)
 
Cinematography by
Otto Heller (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Margery Saunders 
 
Art Direction by
Andrew Mazzei  (as A. Mazzei)
 
Makeup Department
Jean Bear .... hair stylist
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist (as Natalie Taylor)
Ida Mills .... hair stylist (uncredited)
George Turner .... assistant makeup artist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Fraser Foulsham .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dicky Leeman .... assistant director
Guy Hamilton .... assistant director (uncredited)
Pat Kelly .... second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Peter Dukelow .... head carpenter (uncredited)
Thomas Goswell .... draughtsman (uncredited)
Walter Scott .... assistant art director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
George Burgess .... sound director
John W. Mitchell .... sound recordist (as John Mitchell)
Moray MacFarlane .... boom operator (uncredited)
Jack Slade .... dubbing editor (uncredited)
 
Visual Effects by
Matthew Baker .... digital restoration artist (uncredited)
 
Stunts
Jock Easton .... stunts (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Day .... camera operator (as Bob Day)
Gus Drisse .... camera operator
Gerry Fisher .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Walter Lassally .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Bert Mason .... lighting camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
John Winbolt .... camera operator: second unit (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dorothy Sinclair .... wardrobe supervisor
Amy C. Binney .... wardrobe mistress (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Anne Barker .... cutter
Reginald Beck .... editorial supervisor (uncredited)
 
Location Management
Kenneth Horne .... location manager (uncredited)
 
Music Department
John Hollingsworth .... conductor
London Symphony Orchestra .... music performed by (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Shirley Barnes .... continuity
Jean Dyball .... assistant continuity (uncredited)
 
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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"They Made Me a Fugitive" - UK (original title)
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Runtime:
101 min | USA:78 min
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1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
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Feature-film debut of Michael Brennan.See more »
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Caress MeSee more »

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17 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
The dialog alone is worth a rating of 9., 27 September 2009
Author: Irie212 (irie212@gmail.com) from New York City

What a tight, smart movie. The only criticism I can really level at it is that it's not as good as "The Third Man," and that's only because it doesn't have the gravitas of the unconscionable criminality of Harry Lime.

It does have Trevor Howard, as one of the bad guys this time. His riveting performance as a minor-league crook is matched by Griffith Jones's as a major-league mobster. Sally Gray turns in a strong performance too as the femme fatale who, at one point, takes a beating that she withstands stoically until a girlfriend cleans her up and, finally, gives her a cup of tea. It may be that kindness, or perhaps the hot tea on her split lip, you don't know, but Gray breaks down at last and you realize what the beating has done to her.

The pace is swift, but not rushed. Extraneous but fascinating scenes are included—scenes which lead nowhere-- particularly the homicidal lisping woman and her drunken husband who shelter fugitive Trevor Howard in their house for brief but very creepy period.

Every frame is composed with extraordinary care, especially in the climactic scene in the funeral parlor, a scene that reminded me of nothing so much as "Cabinet of Doctor Caligari." There's hardly a right angle in it. The chiaroscuro photography by Otto Heller ("Alfie," "Victim," "Peeping Tom," etc. etc.) is only enhanced by editing that's almost as whip-crack as the dialog.

And as for that superb dialog… film noir movies typically have wisecrack lines, but this Noel Langley screenplay is brilliantly terse—in league with Chandler's work. If any character had two sentences in a row, I didn't notice. It's all lickety-split exchanges, and every line adds definition or motivation to the character speaking.

A personal note: This is the only film I've ever watched which, after it finished, I immediately started it over and watched it again from the beginning. It was that rich, that engaging, and that satisfying.

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