6.4/10
125
6 user 3 critic

Tiger in the Smoke (1956)

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden ... See full summary »

Director:

(as Roy Baker)
Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Lord Brasted is in charge of a postwar fund for displaced persons. His secretary, Derek Waterhouse, visits the Prime Minister to accuse Brasted of taking money from the fund. This results ... See full summary »

Director: Harold French
Stars: Eric Portman, Anne Crawford, Hugh Williams
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

The wheelchair-bound matriarch of an English family uses her handicap to cynically manipulate all those around her. She coldly destroys a daughter's relationship with a man she truly loves,... See full summary »

Director: John Sturges
Stars: Susan Peters, Alexander Knox, Phyllis Thaxter
The Bigamist (1953)
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Harry and Eve Graham are trying to adopt a baby. The head of the agency senses Harry is keeping a secret and does some investigating. He soon discovers Harry has done an unusual amount of ... See full summary »

Director: Ida Lupino
Stars: Joan Fontaine, Ida Lupino, Edmund Gwenn
Crime | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

An 18 month old baby disappears in London. Detective Inspector Craig tries to find the child but there aren't many clues.

Director: Guy Green
Stars: David Farrar, David Knight, Julia Arnall
I'll Get You (1952)
Crime | Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

When nuclear scientists are kidnapped and smuggled behind the Iron Curtain, an FBI man and a British agent are assigned to catch the kidnappers.

Directors: Seymour Friedman, Peter Graham Scott
Stars: George Raft, Sally Gray, Frederick Piper
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A poor widow with two daughters augments her income by using her children to extort money. Visiting the houses of the rich people, they tell a sad story and beg for help. Then she meets a wealthy man who proposes marriage to her.

Director: Jack Lee
Stars: Ursula Jeans, Jean Simmons, Cecil Parker
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

After WW2, former RAF airman Clem Morgan joins a gang of black-market smugglers-thieves but when a robbery goes wrong, Clem is caught , framed for a policeman's murder, and is sent to prison where he plots his escape and revenge.

Director: Alberto Cavalcanti
Stars: Sally Gray, Trevor Howard, Griffith Jones
Love in Pawn (1953)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Comedy. A penniless couple Roger (Bernard Branden) & Jean (Barbara Kelly) will get £10,000 if Roger can live a sober & profitable life.

Director: Charles Saunders
Stars: Bernard Braden, Barbara Kelly, Reg Dixon
Drama | Fantasy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A scientist obsessed with the past transports himself back in time to 18th-century London, where he falls in love with a beautiful young woman.

Director: Roy Ward Baker
Stars: Tyrone Power, Ann Blyth, Michael Rennie
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Reluctant to disclose her whereabouts on the night of the murder of her one-time fiance's mistress, a married woman is accused of the murder.

Director: Max Varnel
Stars: Ronald Howard, Lana Morris, John Van Eyssen
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

The day before a man is to be executed, his alcoholic father shows up to try to prove his innocence.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Michael Redgrave, Ann Todd, Leo McKern
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

An English governess marries a complete stranger while he is on his deathbed. When he dies, she inherits his estate but is soon involved with some French spies working for Napoleon. Where ... See full summary »

Director: Bernard Knowles
Stars: Jean Kent, Guy Rolfe, Paul Dupuis
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Geoffrey Leavitt
...
Meg Elgin
...
Jack Havoc (aka Johnny Cash)
...
Tiddy Doll the Gang Leader
Alec Clunes ...
Asst. Commissioner Oates
...
Canon Avril
Christopher Rhodes ...
Chief Inspector Luke
Charles Victor ...
Will
Thomas Heathcote ...
Rolly Gripper
Sam Kydd ...
Tom Gripper
Kenneth Griffith ...
Crutches
Gerald Harper ...
Duds Morrison
Wensley Pithey ...
Detective Sergeant Pickett
Stanley Rose ...
Uncle
...
Police Constable
Edit

Storyline

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it Written by nickjg

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 March 1957 (Sweden)  »

Also Known As:

Brott i dimma  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The first of Four films and 1 TV series that Roy Ward Baker would direct Laurence Naismith in. See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
The Science of Luck
2 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

During the late 1940s and the 1950s the subject of juvenile gangs and delinquency took a hold in London. The culmination of this was the creation of the image of the "Teddy Boy", who was like our delinquents

  • a young adult with attitude problems. In the hands of some writers it
became a subject of national malaise as in the play LOOK BACK IN ANGER, with the young upset at how they were being cheated of their futures by the so-called blunders of the previous two or three generations. But in the here and now it also led to the recognition of a criminal problem: The urban youth who had nothing to do but have sex and get into trouble. A series of youthful killers in the early 1950s culminated in the Derek Bentley - Christopher Craig case, where a constable was killed, and the the actual killer could not be tried (he was too young). His mentally challenged friend, who made the mistake of shouting, "Let him have it Chris", was hanged. We still are not sure if Bentley wanted Craig to shoot or to hand the gun over to the constable.

Comically the figure of the Teddy Boy was spoofed as a clumsy idiot by Peter Sellers in THE LADYKILLERS. But the really less pleasant aspect of such a type was well played by Tony Wright as Jack Havoc in this film. He is the terror of every soul in the district of London he resides in, most of whom clam up when the police try to find out who is terrorizing them, and where he is. Nobody will reveal a fact - he claims that he has all the answers - he knows how to control the world. It is not brains or cunning: He has discovered the "Science of Luck". He believes if you believe in luck you will create it for yourself. It is not until his world blows up in his face, as it did in that of his older American contemporary Cody Jarrett in WHITE HEAT, that he realizes there is a limit to such luck.

Bernard Miles as his older gang lieutenant (originally the boss until Jack took over) is wonderful as a seedy type who would like to break Jack's neck but knows if something goes wrong he will be lucky to be left a cripple only. Laurence Naismith plays the decent local church canon, whose one effort to help this psychotic ends in his near murder. Donald Sinden is the local decent common man who helps bring down the local monster.

It's not shown too frequently (I saw it about 1983 or so). But it was a really good little thriller well worth the watching.


14 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?