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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
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[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...
I don't see why you should speak in the subjunctive. I *am* going to fire this gun.
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All but forgotten - and all but ignored in '58 - Fordian gem, on a day in the life of a very cagey Scotland Yard Inspector, played to perfection by the estimable actor Jack Hawkins, with splendid work by a fine cast, including the always adorable Dianne Foster, an underused but very watchable Columbia contractee from Alberta. Gideon solves about five major crimes, still finding time for the missus, and a few odds and ends at the office. One wonders what a busy day is like for this guy. I saw GIDEON at a suburban art house (the Park) in '58, on a Saturday evening. About 50 people had the same idea; we came out smiling. Terrific movie; classy cops and robbers thrills for the smarter set. One of John Ford's best 50s films. Beats hell outta Grapes of Wrath and How Green was My Valley, I know that much. Geez, what hogwash.
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