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Port of Escape (1956)

| Crime, Drama | May 1956 (UK)
Two sailors dock in London in search of a good time during their short stint on land. But when one of them fatally stabs a man during a scuffle in a bar, the pair flee the scene, commandeer... See full summary »


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(original story: "Safe Harbour"), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Anne Stirling
Mitchell Gillie
Bill Kerr ...
Dinty Missouri
Joan Hickson ...
Rosalie Watchett
Wendy Danielli ...
Daphne Stirling
Hugh Pryse ...
Alexander Gauge ...
Inspector Levins
Ingeborg von Kusserow ...
Lucy (as Ingeborg Wells)
Ewan Roberts ...
Sergeant Rutherford
Gerald Anderson ...
Det. Sgt. Shafto
Basil Dignam ...
Det. Insp. Crawford
Carl Jaffe ...
Ship's Officer


Two sailors dock in London in search of a good time during their short stint on land. But when one of them fatally stabs a man during a scuffle in a bar, the pair flee the scene, commandeer a boat and take the three women on board hostage as they try to outrun the law. Written by frabbit8

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John McCallum on the run takes over the barge of Googie Withers
12 November 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I'll watch any movie with Googie Withers. After all, she has been called "the best bad girl in British films". In this Britnoir, done with husband John McCallum, she lives on a Thames barge with her sister (Wendi Danielli) and housekeeper (Joan Hickson). Her world is closed and bounded due to retreating from a lost love. She writes a local gossip column.

This stable pattern is disturbed by two sailors on the run, John McCallum and Bill Kerr. This occurs after Withers sees McCallum fighting with a robber and stabbing him. Although it was self-defense, she thinks it murder. She flees to her sanctuary, but McCallum follows and later Kerr. They take over the barge to avoid the police because of old charges hanging over McCallum. In addition, McCallum cares for Kerr who has an unstable behavioral condition caused by tissue that's pressuring his brain. He knows how to handle him and what he needs. He fears that police confinement or pressures will do him in.

Withers naturally resists being held prisoner but McCallum challenges her to understand that he acted in self-defense and that Kerr's life is more important than her barge routines. Their relationship changes from hostility to love; this is handled rather abruptly.

Although Withers and McCallum have a central focus in the story, the real emotional heart of it is Kerr's character, and he does a great job playing this volatile and disturbed man. McCallum's care for him is also a significant emotional element that motivates most of the action, including their unwelcome incursions onto the barge.

The movie opens out at times to the nearby harbor areas and docks, providing the noir atmosphere. I liked the movie.

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