The Blue Lamp (1950)

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The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.



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Complete credited cast:
Jack Warner ...
Jimmy Hanley ...
Robert Flemyng ...
Police Sgt. Roberts
Peggy Evans ...
Diana Lewis
Patric Doonan ...
Bruce Seton ...
PC Campbell
Meredith Edwards ...
Clive Morton ...
Police Sgt. Brooks
Frederick Piper ...
Alf Lewis
Gladys Henson ...
Mrs Dixon
Tessie O'Shea ...


We follow the daily activities of two London bobbies, veteran George Dixon and rookie Andy Mitchell. Meanwhile, young hoods Tom and Spud plan a series of robberies with Tom's girl Diana, a discontented beauty, as inside worker. But in their second crime, one of our heroes is shot, setting off a citywide manhunt. The killer is clever, but will he outsmart himself? Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lâmpada Azul  »

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Sound Mix:

(Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Writer T.E.B. Clarke used to be a policeman. See more »


When car 5-D makes a turn at supposed high speed, just after PC Mitchell says "There they are", a woman and two children on the pavement at the left are also walking slightly faster than usual. See more »


Diana Lewis: What d'ye think I am? Soft or something?
Spud: Yeah.
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Spoofed in Screenplay: The Black and Blue Lamp (1988) See more »


All Correct
Arranged by T.E.B. Clarke
Sung by Jack Warner
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British neorealism?
30 January 2000 | by (New Delhi, India) – See all my reviews

One of the few British efforts to make the kind of 'gritty city' movies that the Americans did so well (Ritt, Cassavates, Kazan). Tibby Clarke wrote this before his (imho) finest work - 'The Lavender Hill Mob' & the climactic chase sequence of TLHM has its more sober counterpart here. This particular chase sequence would definitely rate as one of the best for the '50s. The social commentary in the beginning about old crime vs new crime (old money/ new money) jars the more politically correct '00 ears, but it definitely adds to the charm.

The most interesting performance is definitely the hugely talented Dirk Bogarde's. As the psychotic thief/ killer he sends a shiver down your spine even today. The pathetic slouch with the cold, cruel eyes stands as far apart as possible from the staid & begonia-sprouting policemen of the New Scotland Yard. And the sound of passing trains that overlaps his fits of rage? Brings back (unwelcome) memories of Jean Gabin in 'La Bete Humaine' - hv I spelt that right?

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