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 »


As PC Dixon leaves the police station to go on his beat, he picks up his cape and puts it over his shoulder. A short while later he's seen on his beat, but his cape has disappeared. See more »


Diana Lewis: What d'ye think I am? Soft or something?
Spud: Yeah.
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Featured in The Ultimate Film (2004) See more »


Sobre las olas (Over the Waves)
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played when Diana meets Tom outside the Coliseum Cinema
Also played at the end
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Excellent police drama
27 June 2005 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I taped The Blue Lamp when Channel 4 screened it one afternoon and found it very good.

It is about the normal life of Paddington Green Police station in London and the police have more work on when a murderer strikes. Worse still, one of the murderer's victims is PC George Dixon. These murders turn out to be connected with a series of robberies on shops and the search for the killer is stepped up. He is caught at the end in a greyhound stadium.

The Blue Lamp gives you an idea on what life was like at this time (1950) and it is great to see the old buses, trolleybuses, cars and other vehicles in the background. Very atmospheric at times too.

The cast is lead by Jack Warner as PC Dixon and is joined by Dirk Bogarde (Doctor In the House), Jimmy Hanley, Robert Flemyng (The Blood Beast Terror), Bernard Lee (long before he appeared as M in the James Bond movies), Gladys Henson and Dora Bryan (who can now be seen in comedy Last of the Summer Wine). Great parts from all.

Despite him being killed off in this, Jack Warner went on to star as PC Dixon in the long running and successful TV series Dixon of Dock Green.

The Blue Lamp is British drama at its best. Excellent.

Rating: 4 stars out of 5.

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