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The Black Rider (1954)

 -  Crime | Thriller  -  December 1954 (UK)
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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 ... See full summary »

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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 »

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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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Over the Waves
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Music by Juventino Rosas
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A good old British drama
7 August 2002 | by (Derby, England) – See all my reviews

I only recently found out about this movie thanks to ITV screening it. As it was on during the early hours, I set the video to record it and was pleased I did.

A group of smugglers are 'haunting' a castle, which happens to be haunted anyway by a monk. One of the smugglers poses as this monk and frightens some of the locals. A reporter and his girlfriend decide to investigate this and discover these smugglers are importing parts to build an atomic bomb which could course great loss of life and destruction over a large area. They get arrested at the end.

This movie also gives you an idea on what life was like during the 1950's including a village fete which were popular at the time and still are today.

The nuclear jitters of the time probably spawned the movie, which was made at the height of the Atomic Age.

As well as Jimmy Hanley, it also stars Lionel Jefferies (Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) and Carry On star Kenneth Conner. All play good parts. The movie has a great theme and score too.

This movie is worth watching if you get the chance as it is rather hold to get hold of.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.


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