Chicago police lieutenant Jim Brannigan is sent to the UK to escort organized crime boss Ben Larkin back to the USA but Larkin's hit-men prepare an ambush for Brannigan.



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Daniel Pilon ...
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Luana (as Lesley Anne Down)
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Jim Brannigan is sent to London to bring back an American mobster who is being held for extradition but when he arrives he has been kidnapped which was set up by his lawyer. Brannigan in his American Irish way brings American law to the people of Scotland Yard in order to recapture this mobster with both A price tag on his head and a stuffy old London cop to contend with. Written by Christopher D. Ryan <>

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26 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Paramount first announced this for Wayne back in 1964. At that stage of development, it was to be set in a Near East trouble spot. See more »


when Brannigan pushes the motorbike messenger in the water, the dark visor of his helmet disappears when he pops up. In the next closeup shot of him, his visor is on again. See more »


[Brannigan approaches a motorcyclist who has just thrown a bag in the Thames]
Brannigan: Can you swim?
Motorcycle Courier: Yes.
Brannigan: Go get it!
[pushes motorcyclist into the river]
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Several of the actors who played minor parts are listed by actor's name in the opening titles but are not listed by actor's name and character's name in the closing credits. See more »


Referenced in The Enforcer (1976) See more »


Let the Sunshine In
Music by Galt MacDermot
Lyrics by Gerome Ragni & James Rado
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John Wayne in England. The 'Duke' and the Queen?!
12 December 2006 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Proper settings, tea and crumpets. The 'Duke' in London. That just sounds hilarious! An investigation, from one of America's,( forget that the world's) most beloved western cowboy hero...over the pond, to follow a case. Face it, Marion Morrison, always played the character, named "John Wayne", in everything he did. People loved that. They loved him. It's plain to see, but I laughed out loud, quite a few times in this police story of murder and mayhem in Jolly old England. Lt. Brannigan informs Attenbourogh's Commander Swann of Scotland yard that they need to "Hit the streets and pass out some of that good green stuff, e Pluribus Unim!" Only a cowboy cop would say that. In the middle of a club in London and he is asking for Pancakes and bacon, with eggs. What shame, hath he none? Might he embarrass himself in front of the Queen's subject's? Non-sense! Here is a bull, in a china shop. The original rough-rider and with him a dedicated great casting of characters. John Vernon, is irreplaceable as Mr.big! The quintessential gangster, his voice is booming and he is definitely outspoken. Big bad Ben Larkin, the one that J.B. wants to lock up, or put under! I especially enjoyed even the little things i.e. when they decided to walk instead of ride and talked their business in the street heading through the park. The camera work etc. John Gorman is a Erie great addition to the cast as the hit-man. Scary numb looking gentlemen. The story gets even more interesting with the partnering up of Det. Sgt. Thatcher, 'Jenny' as Brannigan refers to her. American brevity. I especially enjoyed that she 'kissed' him at the dinner table, when he admitted that he had made a mistake with a rookie. Then she said when asked why, ' You're just so darn solid.' "Fat you mean." He chuckles. From the question of Cmdr Swann, when asked about describing an opinion of Jim Brannigan, answers, "Well, he's an American." to the bar room set-up, and brawl, and the chase through the streets past Market Square, and over Tower Bridge!! Brannigan especially loves 'Knock knock' jokes, the punch line, kicking down the front door! Then informed Ben Larkin that he could reach for his gun, if he wanted to sing Soprano! I love it.

The music in this for a Wayne film, was in fact absolutely capitol, it should have won an award. The film has intense Wayne action! The story and acting are just what they should be, a seventies classic that can be enjoyed by John Wayne fans again and again!!

I recommend to the discriminating Wayne fan that likes a taste of adventure mixed into the storyline. (****)

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