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Crime Over London (1936)

Approved | | Adventure, Crime, Romance | 27 July 1938 (USA)
Things are getting too hot in New York City for "Joker" Finnegan and his gang, so they decide to move their activities to London. There, Inspector Gray of Scotland Yard is keeping a polite ... See full summary »


Alfred Zeisler


Ludwig von Wohl (novel) (as Louis De Wohl), Harold French (additional dialogue) | 1 more credit »




Credited cast:
Margot Grahame ... Pearl - Gang-Moll
Paul Cavanagh ... Inspector Gary
David Burns ... Sniffy
Joseph Cawthorn ... Mr. Sherwood / Reilly
Basil Sydney ... 'Joker' Finnigan
Rene Ray ... Joan (as René Ray)
Bruce Lester ... Ronald Martin (as Bruce Lister)
Edmon Ryan ... Spider (as Edmond Ryan)
John Darrow ... Jim
Danny Green ... Klemm
Googie Withers ... Miss Dupres
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Roland Culver ... Soap salesman


Things are getting too hot in New York City for "Joker" Finnegan and his gang, so they decide to move their activities to London. There, Inspector Gray of Scotland Yard is keeping a polite eye on them as "Joker" is planning a big robbery of a large department store, known as the House of a Thousand Windows. "Joker" forces an American actor named Reilly to impersonate Mr. Sherwood, the store owner, as Reilly and Mr. Sherwood are identical in appearance. Ronald Martin, store employee and nephew of Sherwood , is fooled also, but he is much distracted by the romance he is having with another store employee, Joan. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Release Date:

27 July 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Arrivano i gangsters See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film's earliest documented telecast occurred Monday 3 September 1945 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast it first aired in Los Angeles Wednesday 30 November 1949 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »


Referenced in This Above All (1942) See more »


Half a Dozen Reasons
Music by Philip Buchel
Lyrics by Clifford Grey
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Too Many Subplots, But Very Watchable
16 November 2017 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

This movie has a great, if unlikely criminal plot, fine actors and, quite clearly, a lot of film left on the cutting-room floor. Top-billed Margot Grahame, for example, has four short scenes and a lot of presence, and her motivation is pretty well unclear. Ludwig von Wohl is credited with the novel it's based on and given a screenplay credit, but somewhere along the line, someone cut out a lot to make sure this timed in at a manageable length. There are subplots that are raised, elaborated on, and then dropped in dizzying number.

Despite this, or because of it, the movie moves along at a good clip. There are times when it seems as if things just don't make sense.... and then there is a revelation of what is going on and suddenly they do. Perhaps this is the purpose of the dead-end subplots. They still annoy me a bit, but the movie remains very watchable throughout.

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