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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)
Joe Quigley ... Lou Kossov (uncredited)
Bob Simmonds ... 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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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The Flanagan Boy" - UK (original title)
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USA:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
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Referenced in Berlin - Ecke Schönhauser (1957)See more »


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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
The Boy done quite well, 16 May 2009
Author: FilmFlaneur from London

In 1950, American producer Robert Lippert formed a business alliance with Hammer studios. Under the agreement, Lippert would provide American acting talent - frequently shop-worn stars or just supporting actors who fancied a profitable trip out of the country - while Hammer would supply the rest of the cast and the production facilities. Together they would split the profits. Famous for his concern with the bottom line, Lippert produced over 140 films between 1946 and 1955, characteristically genre pieces such as I Shot Jesse James or Rocketship XM. For the British deal, most of the films were noir-ish thrillers - and include this title.

Directed by American B-meister Reginald La Borg, The Flanagan Boy is a hugely enjoyable tale of a young boxer whose career is destroyed by the blonde of the US title, the aptly cast Barbara Peyton. Peyton, whose short career was marred by disastrous excesses and liaisons in her private life, is marvellous as the scheming fatale Lorna Vechi, whose marriage to a doting boxing manager is a sham, and whose sexual predations draw in most men around her. Surprisingly explicit in showing female desire (at one point Lorna licks her lips in close up as she eyes the torso of the well formed fighter, standing all self- conscious and sweaty after a bout), as others have noticed this is a film that recalls the similar shenanigans of The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946). Sid James makes an appearance as the original manager of the doomed boxer, and it's a film that still bears up well.

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