Ex regimental commander Colonel Merton catches one of his former NCOs burgling his house and investigates to find the reason behind this desperate act.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Ripper ...
Wolf Merton
Michael Medwin ...
Ginger Edwards
George Cole ...
John Summers
Leonard Pirry
Duncan Lamont ...
Don Cope
Arthur Howard ...
Bertram Slake
Marc Sheldon ...
Wounded Officer
Campbell Singer ...
War Office Clerk
Nicholas Phipps ...
Regular Officer
Peter Martyn ...
Robert Adair ...
Elizabeth Digby-Smith ...
Telephone Operator


When Ex Colonel Merton discovers a burglar ransacking his home, he is shocked to find out that the thief is a former trooper from his tank regiment. When the thief escapes, Merton tries to contact former members of the regiment, in order to find out what set the thief on the road to crime. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Based on the novel Line on Ginger by Robin Maugham.


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Release Date:

13 January 1954 (Sweden)  »

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The Intruder  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Quality British picture with strong performances
24 February 2002 | by (Leeds, Yorkshire, UK) – See all my reviews

Underrated film, starring Jack Hawkins - long one of my favourite actors. There are some great scenes, not least that at the farm when the Merton character appears with a container of water for his car, immediately defusing an awkward situation with his friend being interrogated by two detectives. Watch out for character actor Edward Chapman, in a nasty role as an abusing stepfather.

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