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Penny and the Pownall Case (1948)

 |  Drama, Mystery  |  26 July 1948 (UK)
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A glamour model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.

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Cast

Credited cast:
Ralph Michael ...
Det. Insp. Michael Carson
Peggy Evans ...
Penny Justin
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Molly James
Frederick Piper ...
Policeman
Olaf Pooley ...
Von Leicher
Ethel Coleridge ...
Mrs. Hodgson
Sam Costa ...
Reception Clerk
Dennis Vance ...
Crawford
Shaun Noble ...
Henry Pownall
John Lorrell ...
Fraser
Philip Saville ...
Slim, Police Car Driver
Peter Madren ...
Adams
Duncan Carse ...
Boatman
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Paul Stockman ...
Page boy
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A glamour model helps Scotland Yard to catch a criminal gang.

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In for a Penny
7 January 2002 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

`Penny & the Pownall Case' runs barely 45 minutes yet when it ended I felt that I had watched a feature film if only because of the glimpses we are afforded of life in that long-ago post-war England.

For instance when Penny is asked to fill in a form she responds `You're worse than the Food Office', a reference to rationing of groceries prevalent then. And a comment on the weather brings the response ` We've only just begun Double Summer Time, its still winter'

Interesting to see brunette Diana Dors in a secondary part. She was plump and mousy then but was there a spark of Britain's first blonde bombshell or is it just the benefit of hindsight?

And an alarmingly youthful but unmistakably Saturnine Christopher Lee was already typecast as a villain.

The plot concerns fleeing Nazi war criminals and a newspaper comic strip obviously based on the Daily Mirror's famous scantily clad `Jane'

Made at Highbury Studio on a rationed budget `Penny...' is at the most a dated curiosity.


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