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

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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
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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£115,000 (estimated)
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Val Guest: Customer at a table in the pub ordering a beer See more »

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(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 »

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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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The Americanisation of British Crime
14 December 1999 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

No other film of this period gives such a clear indication of the attempt of British crime thrillers to become more exciting.

The introduction of John Crawford as the American bad guy and one time buddy of Stanley Baker is enthralling to watch and can seem slightly odd and out of place. The opening sequences are reminiscent of British TV show 'Z Cars' and were later spoofed in Naked Gun (though not as a direct result of this).

Donald Pleasance is very reliable as the Jewellry Shop owner who has much to reveal, while Baker himself plays another tough cop as he did in Blind Date (1959) and Violent Playground (1958) - the latter was also directed by Val Guest.

Look out for the climactic sequences - gripping stuff and still ever so British.


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