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Hell Is a City (1960)

In Britain, a Manchester police inspector becomes obsessed with capturing a criminal who escapes from prison.

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Inspector Harry Martineau
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Don Starling
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Gus Hawkins
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Chloe Hawkins
Joseph Tomelty ...
Furnisher Steele
George A. Cooper ...
Doug Savage
Geoffrey Frederick ...
Devery
Vanda Godsell ...
Lucky Lusk
Charles Houston ...
Clogger Roach
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Tawny Jakes
Charles Morgan ...
Laurie Lovett
Peter Madden ...
Bert Darwin
Dickie Owen ...
Bragg
Lois Daine ...
Cecily Wainwright
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Storyline

Committed but seen-it-all police inspector Martineau rightly guesses that after a violent jailbreak a local criminal will head home to Manchester to pick up the spoils from his last job. Martineau is soon investigating a murder during a street robbery which seems to lead back to the same villain. Concentrating on the case and using his local contacts to try and track the gang down, he is aware he is not keeping his own personal life together as well as he might. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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Temptation is a woman, murder is a man! See more »

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13 November 1960 (USA)  »

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£115,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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Val Guest: Customer at a table in the pub ordering a beer See more »

Goofs

(at around 15 mins) When the driver says ,"Here we go," director Val Guest and another member of the crew are reflected in the side of the car. See more »

Crazy Credits

"The production of this film was greatly assisted by the full cooperation of the Chief Constable and the members of the Manchester City Police Force, for which the producers wish to express their thanks." (opening credit) See more »

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Hammer noir
1 November 2015 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Hammer Films, best known for horror movies, stepped into film noir with Val Guest's "Hell Is a City". Stanley Baker plays a police inspector who suspects that an escaped criminal will head for Manchester to collect some loot. The dreary look of the city is as much a character as any of the actors. The post-war British film industry wasn't generally known for these sorts of movies, but they did an excellent job here. The chase at the end of the movie is impressive but I thought that the most effective scene was the whole sequence where the criminal hides in the woman's house.

I've liked every film noir that I've seen, but HIAC has to be one of the best. Baker's forceful performance as the hardened inspector is the epitome of acting. I recommend the movie.

The rest of the cast includes Donald Pleasance (Dr. Loomis in the "Halloween" franchise), Billie Whitelaw (the nanny in "The Omen") and Joseph Tomelty (the father of Sting's ex-wife).


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