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The Man in the Back Seat (1961)

Two young thugs rob a bookie leaving a dog-racing track with his winnings, but when they grab his case full of money they discover that he has chained it to his wrist. They dash around town... See full summary »

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Two young thugs rob a bookie leaving a dog-racing track with his winnings, but when they grab his case full of money they discover that he has chained it to his wrist. They dash around town trying to find a way to separate the case from the wrist of the bookie, who the pair has by now beaten so badly he appears to be dead. They finally come up with what they think is a foolproof plan, but soon something happens that they weren't quite expecting. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Derren Nesbitt Playing the Soft Spoken Thug
28 February 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I did recently find this film on DVD in a rare video shop in Camden Lock, North London - no good waiting for it to appear on classic movie channels since TV executives are rather youth obsessed and this release is dated 1961, (the year Rod Laver won Wimbledon for the first time).Derren Nesbitt was the actor who kept your attention and played the thug in the manner I have seen him in most of his film appearances in the late 50s and early 60s.Most notably Derren had a trade mark bit part in "A Night To Remember"(1958) playing a fireman on the bow of upturned B lifeboat after "Titanic" had sunk.In the latter film I have an abiding memory of him staving off drowning passengers, with an oar, who are trying to get on and save themselves, shouting, "Get off! Get off! There's no room!It's every man for himself!!".It was films like this which endured in casting directors' minds when a thug had to be cast.So it was appropriate Derren did the coshing of the "bookie" in the subject film.Derren also appeared more menacing when he spoke, almost politely, in that soft spoken voice of his.

The plot has been adequately commented on by other reviewers.It is a pity British cinemas no longer have a "B" movie on the programme.I know I am showing my age but in the 50s and early 60s we had "Pathe News" a cartoon, a "B" film then the main feature.Of course the moral code was in force then and criminals could never be seen to get away with the proceeds from violent robbery.


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