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The Black Rider (1954)

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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Jerry Marsh
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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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King's Investiture
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Music by Wilfred Burns
Harmonic Music Ltd
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The Legend Of The Black Rider Of Brockham Castle.
30 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Black Rider is directed by Wolf Rilla and written by A.R. Rawlinson. It stars Jimmy Hanley, Rona Anderson, Leslie Dwyer, Lionel Jeffries, Beatrice Varley and Micahel Golden. Music is by Wilfred Burns and cinematography by Geoffrey Faithful.

There's a grand line of British movies involving smugglers/gun runners that use some supernatural legend to hide their crooked activities. Think The Ghost Train and Will Hay classics like Oh! Mr Porter and Ask A Policenman, and you find it's a splinter of the horror comedy that has been well served in Blighty. The Black Rider carried on this tradition but only with a modicum of success.

Out of Nettlefold Studios, it's by definition a quintessential B movie. It clocks in at just over an hour, is low on production value but oozes the cheap and cheery ambiance that makes it impossible to dislike. Plot basically follows the concept of a small coastal town in awe of a local spook said to haunt the ruins up there on the hill. Cue sightings of said spook (a hooded monk), an investigation of Famous Five type proportions by some straight backed heroes, a snapshot of ye olde Brit village life and low and behold there's some crooks to be snuffed out for a big hooray ending! Throw in a bunch of motorcycle riders and their awesome bikes, though this is no Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and it rounds out as a brisk and amiable time waster; with Rilla showing nice fluid camera work that often belies the low budget afforded the production.

Safe as houses really, or in this case, Brockham Manor! 6/10


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