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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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Ridiculous
21 February 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE BLACK RIDER is a ridiculously-plotted and mildly entertaining B-movie about a young reporter on the track of the sinister local legend of the 'Black Rider', who haunts the marshes and scares drunks. What he uncovers goes way beyond the boundaries of believability, involving a sinister secret in the dungeon of a local castle. It's straight out of the pages of an Enid Blyton book.

The film is unashamedly racist, preying on viewers' Cold War fears, and features Lionel Jeffries miscast in a highly atypical role. Jimmy Hanley, as the supposedly youthful reporter protagonist, is old and camp, and the many scenes involving his motorbike gang have a whiff of naffness about them.

It's all very predictable and genteel, without one iota of genuine tension, but there's something distinctly nostalgic about watching such fare from this era. Watch out for Kenneth Connor's hilarious cameo as the town drunk.


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