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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.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Mrs. Gideon
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Sally Gideon
Andrew Ray ...
P.C. Farnaby Green
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The Chief
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The Duke
Barry Keegan ...
The Driver
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Liggot
Michael Trubshawe ...
Golightly
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Sgt. Kirby
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Mrs. Kirby
Henry B. Longhurst ...
The Vicar (as Henry Longhurst)
Doreen Madden ...
His daughter
Jack Watling ...
The Curate
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Birdie Sparrow
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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 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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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Anna Massey (she receives an "Introducing" credit). See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Insp. George Gideon: I could tell you a few things about executions - they're not very dramatic - you know, they're rather an anti-climax after the trial. Three weeks in jail and then one morning the long walk. And it won't be a bit like you imagine - the heroine with her head held high. They'll drag you there half doped and vomiting with terror... that's the worst thing about hanging - it's so undignified...
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Delightful detective story
15 October 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Gideon of Scotland Yard is a fine 1950s British detective film based on a book by the prolific writer John Creasey. It stars the inimitable Jack Hawkins as the gruff yet likable detective working hard on a number of overlapping cases during a single 24 hours in London. The film was directed by John Ford, of all people, the man best known for his epic American westerns, who brings a kind of slick stylish look to the screen.

The running time flies past because this is a very entertaining movie, one of the fastest-paced films of the 1950s I've seen. There's never a slow moment, just a building of tension, suspense, and yes, humour, which delightfully offsets the darker and more tragic elements of the plot. Watching Hawkins trying to juggle various cases, crimes, criminals, superiors, underlings, and of course his home life, is a sheer delight. An exemplary supporting cast adds to the experience, making this an all-round winner of a film.


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