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The Slasher (1953)

Cosh Boy (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 29 May 1953 (USA)
The life of a juvenile delinquent is threatened by his own incessant desire for trouble.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Roy
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Rene
Betty Ann Davies ...
Elsie
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Bob
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Mrs. Collins
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Queenie
Nancy Roberts ...
Gran Walsh
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Donaldson
Ian Whittaker ...
Alfie
Stanley Escane ...
Pete
Michael McKeag ...
Brian
Sean Lynch ...
Darkey
Johnny Briggs ...
Skinny (as John Briggs)
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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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KID SAVAGES!...seeking sensations at Any Cost! (original print ad) See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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29 May 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Slasher  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In June 1952 director Lewis Gilbert invited Kenneth Williams to come in to see him and discuss a part in the film. He does not, ultimately, appear. 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 »

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

Opening credits prologue: By itself, the "Cosh" is the cowardly implement of a 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 »

Connections

Featured in Mike Baldwin & Me (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Valse Elegante
(uncredited)
Music by Frank Cordell
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Yes, but...
25 September 2003 | by (London UK) – See all my reviews

Just seen this on TV. Watched the whole thing (not just the last 15 minutes), and agree with most of what's been said - the dodgy accents, the usual brace of Hermiones, Sid James doing his avuncular desk sergeant bit, etc etc. And as the stepfather Robert Ayres gives the best performance as a piece of wood I've seen since the log in Twin Peaks. Don't think I've ever seen a film before where the fuzz make themselves scarce for ten minutes so stepfather can give his stepson a bloody good thrashing! But...making allowances for the conventions of the time, you can tell it was made by someone who knew what he was doing, and several things kept me watching: the location shots of blitzed London; Joan Collins, who was rather affecting given the limitations of her role; and James Kenney as Roy the hoodlum was really good - overwrought, sure, but convincing nevertheless. I was reminded of Gary Oldman at his most psychotic.


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