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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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Sheds just enough light for MURDER See more »


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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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Dixon's comment about the missing dog, "You ought to have called him Strachey", is a reference to the then Minister for Food, John Strachey. Strachey was in charge of rationing and, like the dog, was 'accused' of stealing food from the people. 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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Written by Jack Lane
Performed by Tessie O'Shea
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A London i remember
20 September 2005 | by (london) – See all my reviews

When the Blue Lamp was released i was around 3 years old.I therefore do remember the London that it shows.To me the film is more interesting in what it reveals about the London of 1950 than the actual story.It shows the Metropolitan Music hall in the Edgware Road.It was in the last few years of its life before the A4 cutting a swathe into London meant that it was demolished for "progress".Music Hall by this time was in its last throes and what was left would be rendered extinct by the arrival of ITV.We see the Colloseium in Harlesden.Every High Street had cinemas like this.If you look carefully you will see that they were showing "Granny Get Your Gun" a 1940 "B" feature with May Robson.So it was probably a second run house.There are the bomb sites.I remember that in certain parts of London,particularly the East End there mere were more such sites than actual buildings.The streets do not have a great deal of traffic as there was little traffic at that time.So a film of some sociological interest

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