Pool of London (1951)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama  |  13 August 1951 (Sweden)
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When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.



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Complete credited cast:
Bonar Colleano ...
Dan MacDonald
Susan Shaw ...
Johnny Lambert
Max Adrian ...
Charlie Vernon - acrobat / George
Joan Dowling ...
Pamela, Maisie's sister
Engine Room Officer Trotter
Michael Golden ...
Customs Officer Andrews
Det. Insp. Williams
Alfie Bass ...
Alf, a henchman
Harry, a sailor


Crime melodrama about two sailors in London, an American open to theft and smuggling and an honest Jamaican, and the crooks and girls they know. A jewel theft goes wrong and those involved must decide whether to try to get away or to do the right thing. Superb photography of postwar central London when almost empty of people on a Sunday. Written by d.phillipson@rogers.com

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A drama of the river underworld


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13 August 1951 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Les trafiquants du Dunbar  »

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1.37 : 1
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A Fascinating look at the London docks of the early 1950's
24 July 2001 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ealing goes to the docks in this marvellous story, about robbery, smuggling and life in general aboard a ship, docked in the old port of London. Bonar Colleano plays Dan MacDonald , a seaman on board the freighter 'Dunbar' who supplements his income, by a little harmless smuggling, when he is approached by a gang to take the proceeds of a daring jewel robbery, to a fence abroad.

Shot in and around Tower Bridge, and the area of Southwark, It shows a side of London, still reeling from all the bomb damage from the blitz.The present generation would do well to see this slice of history.

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