River Beat (1954)

 |  Crime, Drama  |  16 July 1954 (USA)
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A London police inspector is patrolling the river looking for smugglers, when he becomes attracted to a woman working as a ship's radio operator. When the woman turns up in possession of ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
John Bentley ...
Det. Insp. Dan Barker
Judy Roberts
Leonard White ...
Det. Sgt. Mack McLeod
Glyn Houston ...
Charlie Williamson
Patrick Jordan ...
Bert Fisher
Robert Ayres ...
Watford (ship's captain)
Ewan Roberts ...
Customs Insp. J.S. Blake
David Hurst ...
Paddy McClure
Charles Lloyd Pack ...
John Hendrick
Isabel George ...
Anna (gang moll)
Margaret Anderson ...
Nell (Charlie's girl)
Harold Ayer ...
Joseph Benson, alias Alfred Gordon
Tony Hilton ...
Harry (bartender)
Colin Douglas ...
Harbor Patrol superintendant
Bill Nagy ...
Eddie (deck sailor)


A London police inspector is patrolling the river looking for smugglers, when he becomes attracted to a woman working as a ship's radio operator. When the woman turns up in possession of some smuggled gems, the inspector must determine whether she knew about them or was just being used. If she is guilty, he must arrest her in spite of his feelings. If she is innocent, he must protect her from the smuggling gang, which is known to silence anyone who might talk. Written by Snow Leopard

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Release Date:

16 July 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Die Jagd begann im Hafen  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Directorial debut of Guy Green. See more »

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Pretty Good Story; Moves Rather Slowly
30 July 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This movie has a pretty good crime/detective plot that makes it worth watching even though there are times when it moves pretty slowly. Most of the production is unspectacular, but good enough to sustain the story.

Dan Barker is a police inspector working the "River Beat" in London, watching for smugglers. He becomes attracted to a woman (played by Phyllis Kirk) who then turns up in possession of some smuggled diamonds, and Barker must decide whether she is guilty or not. After the plot gets set up like this, things start to move slowly for much of the middle of the movie. But the ending is good - there is at least one worthwhile surprise, and some reasonably good action.

It's mostly an average B-film, without any major flaws, and probably worth watching for the story if you enjoy crime/detective features.

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