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Hell Is a City (1960)

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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. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 2 BAFTA Film Awards. See more awards »
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Cast

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Inspector Harry Martineau
John Crawford ...
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
Joby Blanshard ...
Tawny Jakes
Charles Morgan ...
Laurie Lovett
Peter Madden ...
Bert Darwin
Dickie Owen ...
Bragg
Lois Daine ...
Cecily Wainwright
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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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From dark till dawn ... From dives to dames ... From cops to killers ... Hell Is a City See more »

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13 November 1960 (USA)  »

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

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When Warren Mitchell discovers the dead girl on the moors, she blinks. See more »

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"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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What a Prat you are Mr ianlouisiana
15 October 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I just had to reply after reading this totally condescending piece of tripe regarding "Hell Is A City". Personally I have always thought this film to be one of the best British police dramas of its genre! I do not know where in Britain you live, but it is obvious you know little about the Northern/Manchester accent or local dialects!! For a start there is no "one size fits all" Manchester accent. When I was a child growing up in South Manchester in the 50s & 60s you could walk a mile in any direction and hear a totally different accent. Also every community is made up of people from different parts of the country or the world for that matter, so you would be likely to hear different accents/dialects. In the area where I lived, Levenshulme, we had neighbours from Ireland, Scotland and even Canada!! As for the character Don Starling having an American accent. American actors were quite often seen in British productions during the 1950s. This was partly to enable the films to be sold in America, and partly because of The Eady money levy, which was a levy on American films enabling many Hollywood stars to appear in British productions. A good example of this would be Jules Dassins "Night & The City", which was a British based story with 3 American actors in the leading roles!!


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