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The Slasher (1953)

Cosh Boy (original title)
Amongst the bomb-sites and dark alleys of postwar London Roy Walsh and his gang of juvenile delinquents waylay and rob old ladies. Without parental control from his war-widowed doting ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
James Kenney ...
Roy Walsh
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Rene Collins
Betty Ann Davies ...
Elsie Walsh
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Bob Stevens
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Mrs. Collins
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Queenie
Nancy Roberts ...
Gran Walsh
Laurence Naismith ...
Inspector Donaldson
Ian Whittaker ...
Alfie Collins
Stanley Escane ...
Pete
Michael McKeag ...
Brian
Sean Lynch ...
Darky
Johnny Briggs ...
Skinny Johnson (as John Briggs)
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Sgt. Woods
Cameron Hall ...
Mr. Beverley
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Amongst the bomb-sites and dark alleys of postwar London Roy Walsh and his gang of juvenile delinquents waylay and rob old ladies. Without parental control from his war-widowed doting mother, Welsh, already on probation, drifts into more and more devious and serious offences. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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british noir | based on play | See All (2) »

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WILD... WAYWARD... HELL-BENT!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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29 May 1953 (USA)  »

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The Slasher  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Roy Bentley, at the time captain of Chelsea Football club and an England international, has a small, uncredited role as an instructor. See more »

Goofs

In the draughts game, Walshy's opponent makes two moves before Walshy makes one. The position of the pieces at the end of the scene reflect a different game to the one they appear to have played, especially as they do not seem to have moved any pieces during their conversation other than the first three moves. See more »

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The Rose of Tralee
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Hits you over the head and you'll like it
26 September 2010 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Don't miss this, now available as THE SLASHER as part of a Kit Parker Films DVD double bill under the moniker British Film Noir (along with TWILIGHT WOMEN). Strictly speaking I would class neither of these two productions as 'film noir' - more social problem and crime films. THE SLASHER is actually the American renaming of good old COSH BOY, a title which has occasionally surfaced on UK's C4. It's the main reason why I, and I suspect others, will want this disc - a minor cult item featuring a memorable central turn for James Kenney - who also appears, to less effect in another recent release (from the UK this time) GELIGNITE GANG. Kenney plays Roy, the anti-social, selfish, cunning and manipulative thug, about whose short career as a petty criminal the film is about. Highlight of the film is the corporal punishment meted out to Roy by his new stepfather in the final scenes - something strikingly and splendidly un-PC: much more more intense and yes, satisfying in effect than any amount of more establishment-accommodating endings familiar from other films of this ilk. I'm no supporter of the belt, but by God you will be crying out for Roy, who has betrayed his girlfriend (a very young Joan Collins) his mother, his grandmother and almost everyone else, to get the taste of it by time of the end! THE SLASHER may have its weaknesses, including an obvious black-and-white view of behaviour, but with such a powerful ending, together with Kenney's memorable performance it is a must-see. Those who criticise some of the acting (viz: one of Roy's stooges, a particularly whining individual) miss the point - this is British exploitation at its best. The DVD quality is excellent btw except for one or soundtrack drop outs with the present release.


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