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Hue and Cry (1947)

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Crichton

Writer:

T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Fowler ... Joe Kirby
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Mr. Kirby
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Mrs. Kirby
Heather Delaine Heather Delaine ... Dorrie Kirby
Douglas Barr Douglas Barr ... Alec
Stanley Escane Stanley Escane ... Roy
Ian Dawson Ian Dawson ... Norman
Gerald Fox Gerald Fox ... Dicky
David Simpson David Simpson ... Arthur
Albert Hughes Albert Hughes ... Wally
John Hudson ... Stan
David Knox David Knox ... Dusty
Jeffrey Sirett Jeffrey Sirett ... Bill
James Crabbe James Crabbe ... Terry (as James Crabb)
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Clarry
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Storyline

A gang of street boys foil a master crook who sends commands for robberies by cunningly altering a comic strip's wording each week, unknown to writer and printer. The first of the Ealing comedies. Written by Michael Crew <m.crew@bbcnc.org.uk>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1947 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Houdt den dief! See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Joan Dowling. See more »

Goofs

When the kids are in the tunnels and using their torches, the circle of light from the torches don't match where they are actually pointing them. See more »

Quotes

[Joe has pleaded with Wilkinson to write a story to entrap the crooks; Wilkinson will have to stay up all night to write it]
Felix H. Wilkinson: Oh, how I loathe adventurous-minded boys.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, there appears on the wall a drawing of 'Chad', beside which is written WOT NO PRODUCER ?

The producer's name, Michael Balcon, appears in the next frame. See more »


Soundtracks

Oh For the Wings of A Dove
(uncredited)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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A labour of love
16 August 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

From director Charles Crichton who made the classic A Fish called Wanda in 1988 is this early effort from 1947, Hue and Cry.

A crime caper focussed on kids who discover a criminal ring that are using a comic strip to send instructions to plan their jobs.

Joe Kirby (Harry Fowler) is a lad who is always in a spot of bother. He is placed by a policeman for a job with a Covent Garden grocer Nightingale (Jack Warner) who listens to his stories of a fur smuggling ring with a filthy laugh.

Felix Wilkinson (Alastair Sim) is the scatty comic strip writer who stories are being manipulated by an insider in the publishers. As the police does not believe Joe's fantastical tale, it is up to him and his gang to take on the crooks.

I must have first watched this film as a teenager. It rather reminded me of those Enid Blyton adventures I used to read as a kid. The post war setting of a bombed out London make the city look like an adventure playground for kids.

It is an enjoyable Ealing comic adventure as the kids take on adult crooks and put themselves in jeopardy. Sim gives an amusing cameo.


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