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Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)

Gideon's Day (original title)
Approved | | Comedy, Crime, Drama | February 1959 (USA)
A typical day for Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon consists in working on several cases at the same time.



(screenplay), (novel) (as J.J. Marric)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Sally Gideon
Andrew Ray ...
P.C. Farnaby Green
The Chief
The Duke
Barry Keegan ...
The Driver
Michael Trubshawe ...
Derek Bond ...
Sgt. Kirby
Grizelda Harvey ...
Mrs. Kirby (as Grizelda Hervey)
Henry B. Longhurst ...
The Vicar (as Henry Longhurst)
Doreen Madden ...
His daughter
Jack Watling ...
The Curate
Birdie Sparrow


Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds that his daughter has a date with the policeman who gave him a ticket that morning. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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24 Tension-Taut Hours in the Life of a Top Crime Fighter!


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Release Date:

February 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Gideon of Scotland Yard  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)


(USA, theatrical prints)| (Technicolor) (UK prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


The church where The Rev. Courtney, Small and Birdie work is St. Ethelburgh's-in-the-Marshes. See more »


Simon's surname is credited as Farnaby Green, despite the dialogue explicitly stating that it should be the hyphenated Farnaby-Green. See more »


[Gideon goes to arrest a woman and is confronted by her lover who brandishes his gun at Gideon]
Insp. George Gideon: There's a police car outside with two men in it. And if you were fool enough to fire that gun...
Paul Delafield: I don't see why you should speak in the subjunctive. I *am* going to fire this gun.
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Referenced in Ken Adam: Designing Bond (2000) See more »

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This is an overall excellent Irish production.
20 March 2005 | by (Dublin, Ireland) – See all my reviews

This film is unique historically for more than one reason. It is the first - I believe only - cops and robbers film directed by John Ford. It is also unique because it is an Irish production. The 'Rising of the Moon' was an Irish production directed by John Ford. He made it clear that he would like to do another. The Irish Lord who had produced the 'Rising' read a book called Gideon's Day by an unknown writer called J.J.Merric. He loved the book, rang John Ford, and sent him a copy. When he negotiated buying the book it was discovered that J.J.Merric was in fact the famous John Creasey. Ford was captivated by the book, the deal was struck, and the wheels set in motion. In the film itself there is no indication that it is Irish other than Cyril Cusack being in it. It is the only Irish film made so far that does not have an Irish factor in its content. The world premier was in the Savoy Cinema in Dublin.

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