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Game of Danger (1954)

Bang! You're Dead (original title)
When a local bully is found shot to death, the police suspect a young man who had recently been seen arguing with him. When thy discover that they had been arguing over the affections of a ... See full summary »

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Jack Warner ...
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Derek Farr ...
Detective Grey
Veronica Hurst ...
Hilda
Michael Medwin ...
Bob Carter
Gordon Harker ...
Mr. Hare
Anthony Richmond ...
Cliff Bonsell
Sean Barrett ...
Willy
Beatrice Varley ...
Mrs. Maxted
Philip Saville ...
Ben Jones
John Warwick ...
Sgt. Gurney
Toke Townley ...
Jimmy Knuckle
Fred Griffiths ...
Milche
Larry Burns ...
Jock Laurie
Arnold Bell ...
The Warder
Leo Phillips ...
Dick Locke
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When a local bully is found shot to death, the police suspect a young man who had recently been seen arguing with him. When thy discover that they had been arguing over the affections of a young girl, they begin to suspect that the pair had conspired to kill the victim. The suspect insists he's innocent, but the evidence seems overwhelming. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Bang! You're Dead
Performed by Edmund Hockridge
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Loose talk accompanies murder in a small English community
15 April 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Bang! You're Dead" also known as "Game of Danger" has the form of a crime and suspense story with noir overtones. It generates only mild suspense. For one thing, it reveals the crime and the accidental murderer at the very start of the picture. Suspense is intentionally sacrificed in the script for the sake of focusing on how and why the accident has taken a man's life by a young boy of 7 discharging a gun pointed at a man on a bike.

The movie is mainly a morality tale with noirish fate mixed into the brew. The war has destroyed so much housing that some are living in ad hoc communities in ramshackle circumstances. This includes woodsman Jack Warner and his boy of 7. Warner has lost his wife. The boy is at an impressionable age and soaks up his father's sometimes extreme statements which reflect a villager's suspicion of outsiders, even antipathy. The boy has heard his father make such statements about the man on the bike who is killed. The man has been pursuing a local girl in competition with Warner's younger friend (Michael Medwin), and Warner disapproves strongly with inflammatory language.

The war has also left behind some military "junk" and the boy plays with a friend amid this rubble. He plays a game of pointing a toy gun at people and saying "Bang! You're dead". The aggressiveness of the boy in these scenes is scary, because his play is so real. He finds a real gun amid the war surplus and starts to use it in his play. This leads to his firing it at the biker. The story becomes tragic.

Derek Farr is the detective who sorts out what has happened after Medwin is accused of the crime, he having fought with the dead man shortly before the shooting and threatened him.

The picture does not preach. Farr does not blame Warner, for example. Still, the story suggests clearly that loose and hateful talk may have consequences that are bad. It suggests that the influence of a woman in raising a child offsets a man's tendency toward aggressiveness. It suggests that the evils of the war continued after its conclusion.

A good part of the movie focuses on the boy's play with his friend, who loves to play a small wind-up gramaphone. This part is very good in showing the state of mind and activities of these young boys, their less than fully-formed consciences, the influence of adults on their thought, their play, and their loyalties.

The movie plays out in a deliberate, even slow, manner. It's still worthwhile.


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