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Dancing with Crime (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 October 1947 (UK)
A London cab driver gets mixed up with a criminal gang and sets out to expose the group and its leader for what they are.


Peter Fraser (original story), Brock Williams (screen play)




Cast overview:
Richard Attenborough ... Ted Peters
Barry K. Barnes ... Paul Baker
Sheila Sim ... Joy Goodall
Garry Marsh ... Det. Sgt. Murray
John Warwick John Warwick ... Inspector Carter
Judy Kelly ... Toni Masters
Barry Jones ... Gregory
Bill Owen ... Dave Robinson (as Bill Rowbotham)
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Sniffy
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Johnny


At the end of World War II, demobilized soldiers Ted Peters (Sir Richard Attenborough) and Dave Robinson (Bill Owen) return home to Britain, where Ted becomes a taxi driver and Dave gets involved with the mob. Enjoying his lifestyle and the easy money, Dave offers to recruit his pal Ted, who works hard for his money. Ted refuses, and Dave gets in a spat with his mob boss over money. When mob henchman Paul Baker (Barry K. Barnes) shoots Dave, he runs and takes cover in Ted's taxi while Ted is having lunch. Eventually, Ted discovers his pal's lifeless body inside the cab. Scotland Yard starts an investigation, considering Dave's underworld affiliations. Mob boss Gregory (Barry Jones) believes that somehow taxi driver Ted knows the circumstances of his friend Dave's violent death, therefore Gregory decides to have Ted eliminated. For his part, Ted decides to investigate, on his own, the suspicious death of his friend Dave. Written by nufs68

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Caught in the menacing net of London's underworld ! See more »


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Sir Richard Attenborough (Ted Peters) directed Sir Dirk Bogarde (Policeman) in "Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)" and "A Bridge Too Far (1977)." See more »


In the ballroom scene at the start of the film the shadow of the camera is clearly visible on the clothing of the dancers as it pans past them. See more »


Joy Goodall: Ted. You're not going to get mixed up in this are you?
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Bow Bells are London Bells
Lyric of the Song by Harold Purcell
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard) (uncredited)
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Good, Atmospheric Crime Drama
12 January 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

When John Mills got out of the army, he drove a cab. Old pal Bill Owen tries to put him onto a safe racket, but Mills says he and his girl, Sheila Sim, prefer the steady way. So when Owen winds up with his corpse dumped in Mills' cab, he informs the police. Since they aren't forthcoming about their progress, Mills and Miss Sim investigate on their own.... and find it more dangerous than in the movies.

Reliable John Paddy Carstairs directs this low-lit crime drama, shot in grimy, rainy London, with a nice mixture of dark swindles and good humor among the police about the amateur detective. Barry K, Barnes, near the end of his screen career, is excellent as the chief bad guy, and if you look fast you can see Diana Dors and Dirk Bogarde in brief, uncredited roles, before their careers took off. It's not a world-beTer, but it is atmospheric, and takes a few unexpected turns.

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13 October 1947 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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