Gideon C.I.D.: Season 1, Episode 14

The Tin God (7 Nov. 1964)
"Gideon's Way" The Tin God (original title)

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Two criminals make a murderous escape from prison with a carefully executed plan. One is a violent gangster intent on revenge against his wife who helped the police put him away. He uses his son, who idolises him, to carry out his plan.

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Episode cast overview:
John Gregson ...
Alexander Davion ...
Daphne Anderson ...
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John 'Benny' Benson
Jennifer Wilson ...
Ruby Benson
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Freddy Tinsdale
Arthur Lovegrove ...
Uncle Charley
Michael Cashman ...
Syd Benson
Ian Rossiter ...
Det. Chief Supt. Joe Bell
Sidney Vivian ...
Danny (as Sydney Vivian)
Jack Rodney ...
Taffy Jones
Vincent Harding ...
PC Lashbrook
Giles Watling ...
Malcolm Gideon
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Two criminals escape from Strangeways Prison with a carefully executed plan. One, Benson, is a violent gangster who kills a car park attendant during the escape. He has sworn vengeance on his wife for helping the police. His son, however, idolises him and believes he was falsely accused. The escapees are helped by their friends to get to London to help him with his plan of revenge. He abducts his son to make his wife sick with worry. Written by jem

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12 August 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

P. I., detective and police drama series were just as popular in the U.K. as they were on this side of the pond. When we were watching "M-Squad", "San Francisco Beat" and "77 Sunset Strip, the U.K. audience was glued to their televisions watching "Dixon of Green Dock", "Z-Cars" and "The Vise". Here is an example of a bit of U.K. crime television with a noir touch.

"The Tin God", is an episode from "Gideon's Way", a police drama that ran 26 episodes from 1964-67. John Gregson plays the lead as Police commander George Gideon.

The story opens with two men scaling a wall with a siren wailing in the distance. It is a prison break, and the two men, Derren Nesbitt and John (ALIEN) Hurt get away clean. Nesbitt is in for a twenty spot on an attempted murder charge. He has spent eight years planning this break. Hurt is a minor crook doing time for robbery who is just tagging along.

Nesbitt's outside contacts have hidden clothes, food, money and weapons for them in a rail-yard shack. Even secret passage on a freighter to South America has been arranged for the pair. Nesbitt and Hurt quickly change and blend right into the city. They need a car, so a handy parking lot is searched. The lot attendant catches the two in the middle of hot-wiring a car. Nesbitt quickly dispatches the man with a large knife.

The pair finally get the car going and start for London. Hurt wonders why the trip to London? Nesbitt just smiles and says, "some unfinished business." The unfinished business is revenge on his ex-wife, Jennifer Wilson.

She had shopped him to the police after Nesbitt had stabbed a man. Wilson, tired of being Nesbitt's punching bag, saw a chance to get away and told the police where he was hiding.

As all this is happening, Police Commander Gregson, who was involved in the original case, warns Wilson of Nesbitt's escape.

Gregson has undercover police assigned to watch her. Several uniformed police also escort her two children to and from school.

Nesbitt's plan is to grab up his son and take him along to South America. Nesbitt knows that it will drive Wilson mad not knowing what has happened to their son. Nesbitt's uncle grabs the lad from school and brings him to the warehouse hideout. The one cop on watch at the school manages to get the license numbers and an all points goes out.

As Gregson and the Yard close in, fellow escapee, Hurt, has finally noticed that perhaps Nesbitt is less than all-right in the head. "Taking the boy will just bring the police after us, we should just grab the boat and leave." Nesbitt responds by pulling out a revolver and killing him. The police now burst in and Nesbitt shoots a constable before he is disarmed and cuffed. The boy is reunited with Wilson and Nesbitt is now gone for life.

This is an excellent bit of television with Nesbitt shining as the sociopathic killer. Nesbitt was also at the top of his game in the UK noir, THE INFORMERS, STRONGROOM and THE MAN IN THE BACK SEAT. Interesting to see John Hurt in one of his early bits.

Veteran UK director, John Gilling directs the episode. His films include the noir, NO TRACE, THE QUIET WOMAN, THE FRIGHTENED MAN, MURDER WILL OUT, RECOIL, WHITE FIRE, ESCAPE BY NIGHT, DEADLY NIGHTSHADE and THE EMBEZZLER.

The director of photography was Gerald Gibbs. His work includes, THE MAN UPSTAIRS, EYE WITNESS, A PRIZE OF ARMS and Joseph Losey's THE INTIMATE STRANGER.


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