MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 15,709 this week

The Blue Lamp (1950)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  1 June 1950 (USA)
7.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.0/10 from 790 users  
Reviews: 29 user | 6 critic

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

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (original treatment), 2 more credits »
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

with Prime Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 266 titles
created 26 Jan 2012
 
a list of 735 titles
created 01 Jul 2012
 
list image
a list of 36 titles
created 16 Dec 2012
 
a list of 8494 titles
created 25 Mar 2013
 
list image
a list of 155 titles
created 31 Aug 2013
 

Related Items

Search for "The Blue Lamp" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Blue Lamp (1950)

The Blue Lamp (1950) on IMDb 7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Blue Lamp.
Won 1 BAFTA Film Award. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

British diplomat Harrington Brande takes up his new post in Spain accompanied by his son Nicholas. The posting is something of a disappointment to the elder Brande who was hoping for a ... See full summary »

Director: Philip Leacock
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Michael Hordern
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Violent fugitive and mistreated small boy team up to flee from authority.

Director: Charles Crichton
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jon Whiteley, Elizabeth Sellars
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Simon Sparrow is a newly arrived medical student at St Swithin's hospital in London. Falling in with three longer-serving hopefuls he is soon immersed in the wooing, imbibing and fast ... See full summary »

Director: Ralph Thomas
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Muriel Pavlow, Kenneth More
Sapphire (1959)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and ... See full summary »

Director: Basil Dearden
Stars: Nigel Patrick, Yvonne Mitchell, Michael Craig
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Residents of a part of London declare independence, when they discover an old treaty. This leads to the need for a 'Passport to Pimlico'.

Director: Henry Cornelius
Stars: Stanley Holloway, Betty Warren, Barbara Murray
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The setting is the Riviera in autumn. A retired English businessman has just been through heart surgery but it has, apparently, done little to relieve his constant pain or improve his ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Tavernier
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin, Odette Laure
Drama | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A simple factory worker becomes a successful motorcycle racer and becomes the darling of the high class society world.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Bonar Colleano, Bill Owen
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, supposedly rich, wife and manages to get away with it. After an investigation results in a decision of 'accidental ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young woman visits Paris with her brother only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher
Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson
High and Dry (1954)
Certificate: Passed Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

An American businessman in Scotland is conned into shipping a valuable load of cargo to a Scottish island via a coal powered boat.

Director: Alexander Mackendrick
Stars: Paul Douglas, Alex Mackenzie, James Copeland
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Esther goes into service in Victorian England, only to be seduced by the sweet talking groom William, who then takes off with his employer's daughter. Left alone to bring up the child, ... See full summary »

Directors: Ian Dalrymple, Peter Proud
Stars: Kathleen Ryan, Dirk Bogarde, Cyril Cusack
Blackmailed (1951)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mrs. Christopher, a kindly volunteer worker at a large hospital, does a favor for a patient by delivering a sum of money to Mr. Sine. When she discovers he is a blackmailer, she threatens ... See full summary »

Director: Marc Allégret
Stars: Mai Zetterling, Dirk Bogarde, Fay Compton
Edit

Cast

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

Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The unending battle of the city streets See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Lâmpada Azul  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first fictional film to be made with the co-operation of London's Metropolitan Police. See more »

Goofs

George Dixon may have put the cape into the local police call box before starting his beat. See more »

Quotes

Diana Lewis: What d'ye think I am? Soft or something?
Spud: Yeah.
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in Screenplay: The Black and Blue Lamp (1988) See more »

Soundtracks

Bless 'em All
(uncredited)
Written by Fred Godfrey (1917)
Revised lyrics by Jimmy Hughes and Frank Lake (1940)
Sung by Cameron Hall at the police station
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Strange Watching It Today
21 September 2005 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

THE BLUE LAMP is a very famous and popular British film , so popular that it paved the way for an equally famous TV show called DIXON OF DOCK GREEN but it's also a film that hasn't stood the test of time , in fact it's so dated it was satarized in an excellent post modernist teleplay called THE BLACK AND BLUE LAMP in 1988 and after recently seeing this movie I realise that it's a very easy target

First of all is the portrayal of the police . Policemen in the 1950s spent their time taking home lost children , looking for dogs that had run away from their owners and practicing their baritone in the station choir ! Good job the crime rate was so low back then because - just like today - they'd never be able to catch criminals . At least watching THE BLUE LAMP you realise why the cops would never be able to catch crims because they seem to smoke over 100 cigarettes a day , no seriously they do and it's pointed out that PC Mitchell doesn't smoke and that's probably why he's able to sprint after Riley at the end with all the other cops at the station destined to die from lung cancer due to the amount of ciggies they smoke . If you've just given up the weed it's a bad idea to watch this movie

As in so many other movies from this period the " adolescent " characters are played by actors far too old for the roles . Diana Lewis is quoted as being 17 years old on screen but Peggy Evans who plays her is in fact 25 years old and she looks it , and while the ages of Riley and Spud are never mentioned it's inferred they're not older than 21 , but Patric Doonan and Dirk Bogarde are both in their late 20's while the " twenty five year old Pc Mitchell " is played by Jimmy Hanley who was in his early 30s . It's strange but people in those days all look considerably older than the real ages

To give the film its due the climax where Riley finds himself at the stadium being hunted is rather exciting , and " exciting " is not something British films of that era were renowned for . Some people may criticise the idea of dodgy characters going out of their way to help the police but this is logical since the police may return the favour at a later date in not asking too many questions about things falling off the back of lorries .

All in all THE BLUE LAMP is a strange film when watched today . It's certainly not a film for cynics and comes across as being very mawkish and sentimental with almost a fairy tale like air . But it should be remembered that in those days a person being murdered during a crime would make national news headlines while a policeman killed in the line of duty would lead to several days national mourning , and of course in those days the police were - If not popular - certainly far more respected than policeman today could ever hope to be so you have to view this film in the context of when it was made . Ironically enough it's also the first movie to use the word " bastard "


18 of 25 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Locations? mark.sommers
DVD - Region 1 wdsnls
Queenie philphoto
Discuss The Blue Lamp (1950) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?