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The Blue Lamp (1950)

 -  Action | Crime | Drama  -  1 June 1950 (USA)
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The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

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

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A Lâmpada Azul  »

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The producers obtained the full co-operation from the Metropolitan Police (the first film to do so) and were therefore able to use the real-life Paddington Green Police Station and New Scotland Yard for their location work. See more »

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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.
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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
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Benign & grandfatherly - or just complacent?
20 November 2001 | by (Solihull, England) – See all my reviews

Most crits of The Blue Lamp take the view that it shows the good old British copper as the embodiment of all society's virtues: honest, loyal, and imposing a firm but fair discipline. The major threat to social order comes from undisciplined youth. When order is disrupted, all social elements join forces to enforce discipline and restore order.

I believe a closer look at the film reveals something rather more disturbing. I actually find George Dixon a rather unattractive character! He isn't above using strong-arm tactics on a prisoner (Alf Lewis) and tells Andy Mitchell to finish his tea before rushing to investigate a case of wife-beating ("'E don't kill 'is missus off that quick!"). He is also sarcastic to his colleagues: when a member of the police choir complains about having a frog in his throat, Dixon says sourly he should let the frog do the singing.

More seriously, Dixon fails to appreciate what the modern police are up against. When another officer is coshed during a jewel robbery young Andy Mitchell is rightly concerned, seeing it as an escalation in violence towards the police. Dixon waves the incident aside, the officer "has a good hard head" so no harm was done.

As a result, when faced with Tom Riley wielding a pistol, Dixon thinks traditional respect for police officers and his personal air of authority will win through. The look on his face after being shot isn't pain, it's stunned disbelief.

For me, The Blue Lamp stands as a warning about the turmoil lurking beneath an apparently placid, orderly society and the methods that will be needed to keep things under control. The old ways are no longer enough.


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