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The Yellow Balloon (1953)

One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview:
Andrew Ray ...
Frankie
Kathleen Ryan ...
Em
...
Ted
...
Constable Chapman
Stephen Fenemore ...
Ron
...
Len
Marjorie Rhodes ...
Mrs. Stokes
Peter Jones ...
Spiv
Eliot Makeham ...
Pawnbroker
Sidney James ...
Barrow Boy (as Sydney James)
Veronica Hurst ...
Sunday School Teacher
Sandra Dorne ...
Iris
Campbell Singer ...
Potter
Laurie Main ...
Bibulous Customer
Hy Hazell ...
Mary
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One of two young boys accidentally falls to his death when playing in a bombed-out London neighborhood. Frankie, the survivor feels guilty about his friend's death. Len, a petty thief who has just killed a pub owner during a botched robbery, learns of the accident. He poses as Frankie's friend and blackmails the boy into stealing from his parents to finance Len's escape. When Len decides that Frankie may know enough to connect him with the murder, he decides to silence the boy in a tense "hide and seek" chase through the ruins. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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4 October 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Der gelbe Ballon  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Dark 'Balloon' is obscure curiosity
9 April 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

THE YELLOW BALLOON can be said to be a period piece unto itself. It is an art film that was made in the early 50's. A time when cinema was dead in the water. Especially in Britain. Television was attempting to upstage the big screen until THE ROBE debuted(also in 1953). THE YELLOW BALLOON takes place in post-WW2 London which makes it even more referential in its sociological tone. It's Hitchcockian plot concerns a capricious boy who gets misconstrued with a tragic event perpetrated by the incidental drudges of his war-torn society. The most fascinating aspect of the film is that the plot is a byproduct of the film itself. In many ways it resembles Kurosawa's HIGH AND LOW. Anyone familiar with that film or the Ed McBain story will appreciate this. THE YELLOW BALLOON is also notable as an early film by J. Lee Thompson(GUNS OF NAVARRONE)and cameraman Gilbert Taylor(DR. STRANGELOVE, STAR WARS) You might also recognize William Sylvester who played Dr. Heywood Floyd in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY. THE YELLOW BALLOON is a lost film,which also means that it is hard to find. If you ever do find it,consider yourself a genuine afficianado.


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