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The Black Rider (1954)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  December 1954 (UK)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Hanley ...
Jerry Marsh
Rona Anderson ...
Mary Plack
Leslie Dwyer ...
Robert Plack
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Martin Bremner
Beatrice Varley ...
Mrs. Marsh
Michael Golden ...
Rakoff
Valerie Hanson ...
Karen
Vincent Ball ...
Ted Lintott
Edwin Richfield ...
Geoff Morgan
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George Amble
Robert Rietty ...
Mario
James Raglan ...
Rackton
Frank Atkinson ...
Landlord
Edie Martin ...
Elderly Lady
Peter Swanwick ...
Holiday-maker
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When young reporter and amateur biker Jerry Marsh investigates a mysterious hooded figure on a motorbike, he discovers crooks hiding out in a ruined castle with atomic sabotage on their minds... Written by Allen Dace <a.w.dace@maff.gov.uk>

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Much is made of Marsh being, as the 'Daily Mail' puts it, a "young reporter" full of youthful escapades. In fact Jimmy Hanley was 36 at the time of filming, only 12 years junior to the 48-year-old Leslie Dwyer who plays his boss. See more »

Quotes

Mary Plack: [When her son rides off with Plack's daughter on his new motorcycle] We shall never see them alive again. They'll be brought home in an ambulance.
Robert Plack: Well they needn't expect to see me at the funeral!
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The American Way
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Music by Lester B. Hart
Harmonic Music LtdT
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not the British 'Wild One'
10 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you remove the thought that Jimmy Hanley is the British Marlon Brando in this biker movie made around the same time as the classic 'The Wild One', then you might enjoy this laid-back tale of smugglers, deceit, dads, and dark pubs.

Jerry (Hanley) is a reporter who rides a motorbike despite the disapproval of his parents - the fact that he seems rather elderly is neither here nor there! There's a girlfriend, a local legend of a ghost, and a nice comic turn from a young Kenneth Connor.

The local rich chappie and maybe villain of the piece is Lionel Jeffries, in a reliable performance. Hanley himself is adequate but perhaps an actor like Albert Finney would have been so much more interesting as Jerry. However, 'The Black Rider' is a good wheeze and a decent little B movie.


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