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The Slasher (1953) More at IMDbPro »Cosh Boy (original title)

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Release Date:
29 May 1953 (USA) See more »
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James Kenney ... Roy

Joan Collins ... Rene
Betty Ann Davies ... Elsie

Robert Ayres ... Bob

Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Collins

Hermione Gingold ... Queenie
Nancy Roberts ... Gran Walsh

Laurence Naismith ... Donaldson
Ian Whittaker ... Alfie
Stanley Escane ... Pete
Michael McKeag ... Brian
Sean Lynch ... Darkey
Johnny Briggs ... Skinny (as John Briggs)

Edward Evans ... Woods
Cameron Hall ... Mr. Beverley

Sidney James ... Police Sergeant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marian Chapman ... Young Girl (uncredited)
Gerald Crossman ... Accordionist (uncredited)
Arthur Howard ... Registrar (uncredited)

Walter Hudd ... Magistrate (uncredited)

Vi Kaley ... Jess (uncredited)
Sheila McCormack ... Nurse (uncredited)
Anthony Oliver ... Doctor (uncredited)
Frederick Piper ... Mr. Easter (uncredited)
Nosher Powell ... Instructor (uncredited)
Peter Swanwick ... Mr. Wimbush (uncredited)
Toke Townley ... Mr. 'Smith' (uncredited)

Directed by
Lewis Gilbert 
Writing credits
Bruce Walker (play "Master Crook")

Lewis Gilbert (screenplay) and
Vernon Harris (screenplay)

Produced by
Daniel M. Angel .... producer
Original Music by
Lambert Williamson 
Cinematography by
Jack Asher (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Charles Hasse 
Art Direction by
Bernard Robinson 
Costume Design by
Felix Evans 
Makeup Department
Nell Taylor .... makeup artist
Pearl Tipaldi .... hair stylist
Production Management
Anthony Nelson Keys .... production supervisor (as Anthony Nelson-Keys)
Charles Permane .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John Bremer .... assistant director
John Oldknow .... second assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
David Butcher .... assistant art director (uncredited)
Sound Department
H.C. Pearson .... sound recordist
George Burgess .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Cyril Collick .... sound dubbing (uncredited)
Gordon Hay .... dubbing crew (uncredited)
Basil Rootes .... sound camera operator (uncredited)
Fred Tomlin .... boom operator (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Freddie Cooper .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Harry Gillam .... camera operator (uncredited)
Dennis C. Lewiston .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Gerald Moss .... background plate photographer (uncredited)
Nicolas Roeg .... focus puller (uncredited)
Cyril Stanborough .... still photographer (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Jim Connock .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Peter Mayhew .... assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Philip Martell .... orchestra director
Other crew
Adele Reynolds .... continuity

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Cosh Boy" - UK (original title)
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75 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Australia:M | Norway:16 (1953) | Sweden:(Banned) | UK:X (original rating) | UK:12 (tv rating) | USA:Approved | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) (uncredited)

Did You Know?

Roy Bentley, at the time captain of Chelsea Football club and an England international, has a small, uncredited role as an instructor.See more »
Continuity: 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 »
Roy Walsh:Supposing I killed him?
Skinny Johnson:Then you'll be takin' the 9 o'clock walk. You'll be topped for certain.
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Movie Connections:
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
See below, 6 February 2013
Author: allankelb from Sydney Australia

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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