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White Fire (1953)

Three Steps to the Gallows (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 1 January 1954 (USA)
American Gregor Stevens arrives in London searching for his brother who, unknown to him, has been convicted of a murder and is within three days of being executed. He meets Yvonne Durante, ... See full summary »

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Gregor Stevens
Mary Castle ...
Yvonne Durante
Gabrielle Brune ...
Lorna Dreyhurst
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Mario Satargo
Michael Balfour ...
Carter - boxing fan
Colin Tapley ...
Arnold Winslow
John Blythe ...
Dave Leary
Lloyd Lamble ...
James Smith - aka Charles Harris
Julian Somers ...
John Durante
Ballard Berkeley ...
Insp. Haley
Ronan O'Casey ...
Crawson
Johnnie Schofield ...
Charlie - the Doorman (as John Schofield)
Paul Erickson ...
Larry Stevens
Harcourt Curacao ...
Matt - trainer (as Harcourt Nicholls)
Hal Osmond ...
Desk Clerk
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American Gregor Stevens arrives in London searching for his brother who, unknown to him, has been convicted of a murder and is within three days of being executed. He meets Yvonne Durante, a night-club entertainer and part-time smuggler, who aids him in his quest to prove the innocence of his brother, despite the risks she faces from her diamond-smuggling confederates. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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1 January 1954 (USA)  »

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They Walk Alone  »

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Carter - boxing fan: Don't you read the newspapers? They're 'anging a bloke named Stevens this week. A Yank, like you.
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No Way Out
Music by Stanley Black
Lyrics by Barbara Killalee
Sung by Mary Castle
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Superior British B movie
4 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this under the title of "3 Steps to the Gallows". A better title would have been "3 Days to the Gallows," since when American seaman Scott Brady arrives in London and goes in search of his brother he finds the latter is due to be executed in three days' time for murder: he's innocent, of course. The film's scriptwriter plays the brother, and he's definitely a better writer than actor, seeming remarkably calm for someone facing imminent death for something he didn't do. John Gilling made several low-budget crime films in the 50s, and seeing this one made me want to see the others.The plot has some good twists, and there's a lot of interesting location filming. It was common practice to import minor American stars for such films, and Brady made a spirited hero, while Mary Castle, who I'd never seen before, bears a considerable resemblance to Rita Hayworth. She even sings in a nightclub, a la Gilda. The weaknesses are the way Brady wins all his fist fights (even against a professional boxer!) and the climax, in which the police turn up like the 7th Cavalry even though they had no way of knowing where the protagonists were. Very odd.


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