The murder of a young woman in London exposes deep racial tensions and prejudices inherent in the area.

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Superintendent Robert Hazard
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Inspector Phil Learoyd
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Mildred
Paul Massie ...
David Harris
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Ted Harris
Olga Lindo ...
Mrs. Harris
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Dr. Robbins
Gordon Heath ...
Paul Slade
Jocelyn Britton ...
Patsy
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Johnnie Fiddle
Orlando Martins ...
Barman
Rupert Davies ...
Jack Ferris
Yvonne Buckingham ...
Sapphire Robbins
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Horace Big Cigar
Freda Bamford ...
Sgt. Cook
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In 1950s London racial hostility to Commonweath immigrants is openly paraded. A pregnant girl, initially assumed to be white, is murdered. As two detectives start to investigate, and discover her racial origins were much more mixed, public prejudices and those of the officers themselves are exposed. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Down a path of emotion and hate from dim-lit jazz pads to "respectable" homes she sought the thrill of forbidden love! See more »


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2 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Dirk Bogarde was asked to play Learoyd. See more »

Quotes

Inspector Phil Learoyd: These spades are a load of trouble. I reckon we should send them back where they came from. We wouldn't have half this bother if they weren't here.
Superintendent Robert Hazard: Well, I suppose you're right. Just the same as we wouldn't have old ladies being clobblered by hooligans if there weren't any old ladies. So what do you do? Get rid of the hooligans or the people they bash?
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Superintendent Robert Hazard: Look Phil, given the right atmosphere you can organize riots against anyone - Jews, Catholics, Negroes, Irish - even policemen with big ...
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Sapphire
Music by Philip Green
Lyrics by Sonny Miller
Sung by Jimmy Lloyd (I)'
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Well-Crafted Racially Charged Thriller
30 December 1998 | by (Pasadena, California, United States) – See all my reviews

Effectively uses the conventions of a standard murder mystery to reveal racial prejudice in 1950s London. Some of the performances by black characters are a bit exaggerated, but Earl Cameron is fine as the brother of the murder victim.


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