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The Shakedown (1960)

After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police ... See full summary »

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Augie Cortona
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Mildred Eyde
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Jessel Brown
Bill Owen ...
David Spettigue
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Chief Insp. Bob Jarvis
Harry H. Corbett ...
Gollar
Gene Anderson ...
Zena
Eddie Byrne ...
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John Salew ...
John Arnold
Georgina Cookson ...
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Sheila Buxton ...
Nadia
Dorinda Stevens ...
Grace
Jack Lambert ...
Sgt. Kershaw
Larry Burns ...
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After being released from prison, Augie Cortona sets up a blackmail operation, fronted by a model agency. When the authorities get wind of his activities, they send in an undercover police woman, but when she is recognised, the police need to move in on the operation, before Cortona can take his revenge. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Models were the bait for BLACKMAIL!

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Bandoleiros do Asfalto  »

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Sheila Buxton receives a "guest star" credit. See more »

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Referenced in Piccadilly Third Stop (1960) See more »

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Shakedown
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Written by Philip Green
Sung by Sheila Buxton
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Very good British crime film
30 June 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

THE SHAKEDOWN is a fine British thriller and one of the best B-movie crime films I've seen from the era. It's a film blessed with a strong cast of familiar faces and an interesting, atypical storyline that's much, much more than your usual detective-pursues-robbers type tale from this era. The action is centred in and around a photography studio, where an ex-con has apparently gone straight after serving a long jail term. However, the studio is a front for something much more sinister, and the police are baffled on how to proceed.

The underrated star Terence Morgan (CURSE OF THE MUMMY'S TOMB) takes the main protagonist lead as a character you love to hate. Certainly he has much more depth of character than is usual for a stock villain in these films, and you even end up admiring his bravado at some points. The rest of the (excellent) cast includes the lovely Hazel Court as a top model, Bill Owen as a ne'er-do-well, Robert Beatty as the detective, Donald Pleasence as an alcoholic photographer, Eddie Byrne as a barman, Gene Anderson as a gangster's moll, Harry H. Corbett as a criminal, Paul Whitsun-Jones as a boozer, Edward Judd as a barber, and the likes of Angela Douglas and Jackie Collins as young models. That cast alone is rather incredible.

The cherry on top is really the quality of the script, by director John Lemont (of KONGA infamy) and Leigh Vance (WITNESS IN THE DARK). It twists and turns all over the place and even if you have some idea of what the ending is going to be, you've never quite sure what's going to take place along the way. The sequence in which Morgan robs his former accomplices is my favourite moment and a real highlight in an undeservedly forgotten minor film.


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