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My Brother's Keeper (1948)

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War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the ... See full summary »

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Jack Warner ...
Jane Hylton ...
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Ronnie Waring
Bill Owen ...
Syd Evans
George Cole ...
Willie Stannard
Yvonne Owen ...
Meg Waring
Raymond Lovell ...
Bill Wainwright
Brenda Bruce ...
Winnie Foreman
Susan Shaw ...
Beryl
Beatrice Varley ...
Mrs. Jenny Martin
Garry Marsh ...
Brewster
Maurice Denham ...
Supt. Trent
Frederick Piper ...
Gordon the camp caretaker
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Harding
John Boxer ...
Police Sgt. Bert Foreman
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War hero turned villain George Martin escapes from prison, but he is handcuffed to a naive young crook Willie Stannard. After using a clever plan to obtain railway tickets, and with the police, and the press in hot pursuit, George has to find a way of breaking loose from Willie, and to make his escape. Written by Mike Wilson. <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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16 August 1949 (USA)  »

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There's some good stuff in here but it's a dull watch
26 August 2013 | by (Lincolnshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Somewhere in this rather boring slog is a tight 60-minute movie about two escaped prisoners and their efforts to cut off their handcuffs and disappear. In the early stages, when Jack Warner and George Cole evade the police using various cunning schemes, and reporter David Tomlinson interrupts his honeymoon to follow the story, it's quite engaging and I was wondering how the two strands would eventually merge. Answer: they don't.

When Warner and Cole are on screen the film works; the former is cruel but charming, the latter dim and sympathetic. There is an embarrassing scene in which Warner sweet talks gullible lover Jane Hylton that sees the screenwriters bump up against their limitations, but otherwise it's all fairly interesting if unexceptional and a bit stiff.

But whenever the movie cuts back to Tomlinson and his new bride, zzzzzzzzz. These scenes are tiresome and the comic relief elements are entirely unnecessary, and as their actions make absolutely no difference to the story they're following, their entire arc could be lifted from the film without leaving a mark.

In the end - so so.


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