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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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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:

February 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Houdt den dief! See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The bus which Joe Kirby jumps onto after buying a copy of The Trump is registration JJ4377. The same bus is seen twice later in the film, passing outside the publishers of The Trump and was obviously hired from London Transport for the exterior shots. 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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Opening credits appear in chalk on a brick wall on a bomb site. See more »


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Oh For the Wings of A Dove
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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The First 'Ealing' Comedy
14 March 2007 | by BJJManchesterSee all my reviews

Generally reckoned to be the first 'Ealing' comedy,a fondly-regarded series of gentle,humorous satires of British life in the late 1940's-early 1950's,this is actually more of a rowdy,fast-paced crime caper than what gradually developed to the above familiar style of this famous film studio.However,it is none the worse for that,with an amusing script and speedy direction by Ealing veterans TEB Clarke and Charles Crichton,and efficient performances by a mostly teenage cast.Looking from a 21st Century viewpoint,it is an astonishing fact how UK teens dressed (in dull tweed suits) and behaved (no guns,knives or bad language) in the pre-rock n' roll era;in this more cynical day and age,it would be the adults stopping the kids committing crime rather than vice versa.This actually helps the film in giving it a quaint period charm which will never be recaptured,as is the well-photographed scenes of war-torn London.Alastair Sim is billed first but the real leading man is inimitable cockney actor Harry Fowler,while the usually genial Jack Warner (a little uncomfortably) is the main adult protagonist,a ruthless villain;Sim is enjoyably buffoonish as a cartoonist,but his is basically a minor character and little seen despite his top billing. The highlight is the final battle between the criminal gang and London street urchins who seem to swarm over their prey like soldier ants.The sequence is funny,exhilarating,thrilling and even spectacular.

HUE AND CRY isn't the best Ealing comedy,and not necessarily the most typical,but despite dated elements is still largely very enjoyable and pleasantly nostalgic for older film-goers.

RATING:7 and a half out of 10.


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