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The Frightened City (1961)

A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.

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Waldo Zhernikov
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Det. Inspector Sayers
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Paddy Damion
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Harry Foulcher
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Anya Bergodin
Olive McFarland ...
Sadie
Frederick Piper ...
Sgt. Bob Ogle
John Stone ...
Hood
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Alf Peters
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Tanky Thomas
Robert Cawdron ...
Nero
George Pastell ...
Sanchetti
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Supt. Dave Carter
Sheena Marshe ...
Avril (as Sheena Marsh)
Patrick Jordan ...
Frankie Farmer
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A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.

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A city terrorised by its own evil!

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Marvellous Lie
Music by Norrie Paramor
Lyrics by Bunny Lewis
Sung by Helen Shapiro
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A pretty cool attempt at Brit Noir. Connery is terrific, Lom even better.
5 April 2004 | by (Perth, Australia) – See all my reviews

'The Frightened City' is an interesting crime drama set in a pre-Beatles England featuring a strong performance from Sean Connery, the year before he became a movie legend as James Bond. Connery plays Paddy Damion a thief who is recruited by a mobster (Alfred Marks) to oversee his money collection. Paddy is no thug but takes the job because his partner (Kenneth Griffith) has been injured in a robbery and he feels obligated to support him. Marks is actually the puppet of criminal mastermind Zhernikov (Herbert Lom), who has the image of a respectable businessman, but is in fact manipulating the local mobsters for his own ends. Add to this mix the beautiful Anya (Yvonne Romain), wanna be singer and Zhernikov's mistress, who Paddy immediately takes a shine to, and Sayers (John Gregson) the dedicated cop trying to crack open organized crime and you've got yourself a pretty cool attempt at Brit Noir. Connery is terrific, Lom even better and I enjoyed seeing Kenneth Griffith and Yvonne Romain again after their supporting roles in the classic shocker 'Circus Of Horrors' starring Anton Diffring. 'The Frightened City' is worth a look.


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