(1930) Jameson Thomas, Muriel Angelus, Jack Rain. Early British thriller about a master criminal named 'Flash Jack', who heads a gang of top-hatted thieves that rob the wealthy. A detective tracks the crimes to a posh night club.

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Jack Raine ...
Sgt. Harry Cross
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Dolly Mooreland
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Deacon Lake
Eve Gray ...
Mary Cross
Franklyn Bellamy ...
Charlo Bianci
Garry Marsh ...
Archibald Bunny
Frank Perfitt ...
Inspector Warrington
Hay Petrie ...
Scotty (as D. Hay Petrie)
Harry Terry ...
Toothpick Jeff
Margaret Yarde ...
Mrs. Hallick
Ellen Pollock ...
Flossie
Cyril Butcher ...
'Dancer' Johnny
Barbara Kilner ...
Mabel
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(1930) Jameson Thomas, Muriel Angelus, Jack Rain. Early British thriller about a master criminal named 'Flash Jack', who heads a gang of top-hatted thieves that rob the wealthy. A detective tracks the crimes to a posh night club.

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What ghastly people
12 December 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is an oddity from a vanished British era directed by the German director Richard Eichberg (in English). The DVD is made from a negative and is crisp and new, like something just minted. However, the film itself is another matter. It starts with some interesting shots of Piccadilly Circus at night as it was in 1929. (I always enjoy seeing the changes of advertisements over the decades in old films showing Piccadilly Circus.) The film is ruined right away by the appalling bad acting of Jack Raine as the lead character, Police Sergeant Harry Cross. (It never Raines but it pours irritating tedium.) The film is more or less a detective film, but not really. And, frankly, who cares. The reason for watching this strange survival from an archaic age is for being shocked at the manners and mores of London in 1930. All those gentleman oafs in white tie! All those false manners! All those social put-downs, all that complacent and self-satisfied idiocy, all those arrogant nonentities, all that empty formality, and all that flaunting of dinner jackets as emblems of superior status! No thanks, I prefer the 21st century.


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