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The Slasher (1953)
"Cosh Boy" (original title)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  29 May 1953 (USA)
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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 ... 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
Robert Ayres ...
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)
Edward Evans ...
Sgt. Woods
Cameron Hall ...
Mr. Beverley
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Storyline

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

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29 May 1953 (USA)  »

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The Slasher  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Usually reckoned to be the first British film to get an "X" certificate. There were other films before this one that had similar levels of content, and some of those were passed for general viewing. But Cosh Boy was presented for certification just as they introduced the new "X" certificate in 1951. The "X" certificate has since been replaced by the "18" certificate. 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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6 February 2013 | by (Sydney Australia) – See all my reviews

this film screened in the early am last night on abc1 in Australia. I note that some reviewers thought the acting was poor however I found that the actor who played the lead role was brilliant, I grew up on the wrong side of town so I am familiar with what these creatures are like, these types are universal regardless of time and place.That actor really nailed the archetype snivelling, gutless psychopath, I am surprised that this actor did not goonto bigger and better roles. I wonder if Peter Sellers saw this film as one of the thugs has a comical high pitched voice identical to one of Sellers many voices! And the young Joan Collins, what a beauty!


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