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Max Catto (novel)
Guy Elmes (screenplay)
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Release Date:
10 April 1953 (USA) See more »
Made of FIRE and ICE... and everything DANGEROUS! See more »
A scheming blonde seduces a fighter and convinces him to murder her husband, a fight manager. | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Barbara Payton ... Lorna Vecchi
Frederick Valk ... Giuseppe Vecchi
John Slater ... Charlie Sullivan
Sidney James ... Sharkey
Tony Wright ... Johnny Flanagan
Marie Burke ... Mother Vecchi
Selma Vaz Dias ... Mrs. Corelli, Vecchi's sister
Enzo Coticchia ... Mr. Corelli
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Chris Adcock ... Booth Man (uncredited)
John Brooking ... Barnes (uncredited)
Roy Catthouse ... Black Fighter (uncredited)
Tom Clegg ... Tattooed Fighter (uncredited)
Bettina Dickson ... Barmaid (uncredited)
Ralph Moss ... Kossov's Second (uncredited)
Jim O'Brady ... Boxing Match Spectator (uncredited)
Joe Quigley ... Lou Kossov (uncredited)
Jack Sharp ... Boxing Match Second (uncredited)
Bob Simmons ... Booth Man (uncredited)
Ian Wilson ... Audience Member with Thick Glasses (uncredited)
George Woodbridge ... Police Inspector (uncredited)

Directed by
Reginald Le Borg 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Max Catto  novel
Guy Elmes  screenplay
Richard H. Landau  screenplay (as Richard Landau)

Produced by
Anthony Hinds .... producer
Original Music by
Ivor Slaney 
Cinematography by
Walter J. Harvey  (as Walter Harvey)
Film Editing by
James Needs 
Art Direction by
C. Wilfred Arnold  (as Wilfred Arnold)
Makeup Department
Nina Broe .... hair stylist
Philip Leakey .... makeup artist (as Phil Leakey)
Production Management
John 'Pinky' Green .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jimmy Sangster .... assistant director
Sound Department
Bill Salter .... sound recordist
Peter Davies .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Len Harris .... camera operator (as Leonard Harris)
Tom Friswell .... clapper loader (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Henry Richardson .... first assistant editor (uncredited)
Music Department
Ivor Slaney .... conductor
Other crew
Renée Glynne .... continuity
Patrick Jenkins .... dialogue director (uncredited)

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Also Known As:
"The Flanagan Boy" - UK (original title)
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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957)See more »


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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Not bad, but haven't we seen this before?, 26 January 2002

Johnny Flanagan is young fighter from the streets of Liverpool discovered by middle aged fight manager Giuseppi Vecchi. Vecchi has a young sexy gold digging blonde wife named Lorna who sets her sights on the handsome young Johnny. At first Johnny rejects her advances, but Johnny soon falls in love with her. Lorna tricks Johnny into thinking she is carrying Johnny's baby so she can convince him to knock off Giuseppie, which he reluctantly does. However, Giuseppi's brother, sister and mother arrive from Italy for the funeral. Giuseppi's mother, who resembles Marty Feldman in drag endowed with the evil eye, suspects Lorna is up to no good and tells Johnny Lorna is lying about being pregnant. She tells Lorna fate will catch up with her, and that it does.

If all this sounds familiar, it should. THE FLANAGAN BOY (aka BAD BLONDE) is a reworking of THE POSTMAN ALWAYS RINGS TWICE with elements of a boxing drama inserted. The performances are okay, with Sidney James giving a performance that is much more than that. Overall, not a bad reworking of a familiar theme, but nothing special either.

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