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Underworld Informers (1963)

The Informers (original title)
Scotland Yard Chief Inspector Johnnoe is investigating a string of bank robberies but the robbers are determined to compromise Johnnoe and the investigation.

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Chief Insp. John Edward Johnnoe
Margaret Whiting ...
Maisie Barton
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Mary Johnnoe
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Charlie Ruskin
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Bertie Hoyle
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Supt. Alec Bestwick
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Ben
John Cowley ...
Jim Ruskin
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Smythe
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Leon Sale
Ronald Hines ...
Geoff Lewis
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Shorty
Peter Prowse ...
Mick Lonergan
George Sewell ...
Fred Hill
Kenneth J. Warren ...
Lou Waites
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When the detective in charge of investigating a series of bank robberies, starts to get too close to the culprits, they set up a blackmail scheme to warn him off. But when the crooks begin to fall out with each other, the police learn the truth. Written by <mike.wilson6@btinternet.com>

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Yard In Big Hunt For Bank Robbers

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29 November 1963 (West Germany)  »

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Seeking murderer of an informant, policeman Nigel Patrick is framed
12 July 2016 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"The Informers" (1963) is a Britnoir that has Nigel Patrick looking for the murderer of his informant (snout) and finding himself in hot water when he's framed. The gang has a top man (Frank Finlay) who's a clever ex-commando and operates behind the scenes, living in poor quarters. His lieutenant is the flashy Derren Nesbitt who flaunts his ill-gotten gains and does some of the dirty work too. The gang has been successfully robbing banks.

This picture is well-photographed, but I'll dissent from the majority opinion that regards it as one of the best British crime films. The story and screenplay have plenty of action but I found them not especially involving emotionally. The conflicts just seemed too arranged and written to be real. The characters and situations are heading into stereotypical territory. The actors seemed too much to be going through the motions. The story-telling is drawn out at times. The result for me anyway is that unlike some others, this film didn't grab me as much as many other Britnoirs have.


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