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The Slasher (1953)

Cosh Boy (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 May 1953 (USA)
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:
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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
Ian Whittaker ...
Alfie Collins
Stanley Escane ...
Pete
Sean Lynch ...
Darky
Johnny Briggs ...
Skinny Johnson (as John Briggs)
Michael McKeag ...
Brian
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Police Sergeant Woods
Sidney James ...
Police Sergeant
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Inspector Donaldson
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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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YOUTH ON THE LOOSE! wild...wayward...Hell-bent! (original poster) See more »

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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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(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 The "X" certificate has since been replaced by the "18" certificate.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

When Walshy and one of his gang go to play draughts (checkers), the positions of the different coloured pieces seem to swap sides from when they approach the board (black on the left) to when they are seated (red on the left) to when they leave (black on the left). See more »

Quotes

Police Sergeant: How would you describe the men who attacked you?
Queenie: As dirty lot of stinking rotten sons of...
Police Sergeant: Alright, alright. What did they look like?
Queenie: 'Ow the hell should I know? D'you suppose they came up and raised their bloomin' 'ats before they 'it me?
Police Sergeant: [filling in a form] No description...
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Crazy Credits

By itself, the "Cosh" is the cowardly implement of contemporary evil; in association with "Boy", it marks a post-war tragedy - the juvenile delinquent. "Cosh Boy" portrays starkly the development of a young criminal, an enemy of society at sixteen. Our Judges and Magistrates and the Police, whose stern duty it is to resolve the problem, agree that its origins lie mainly in the lack of parental control and early discipline. The problem exists - and we cannot escape it by closing our eyes. This film is presented in the hope that it will contribute towards stamping out this social evil. See more »

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The Rose of Tralee
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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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