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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 »


Charles Crichton


T.E.B. Clarke (original screenplay)




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


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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Did You Know?


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 »


When the Rhona Davis character is being tied up, a part of the rope goes around her neck. Next shot the rope is lower. Also the amount of rope around her changes after the children discover the letter to her other name, Rhona Watson. See more »


[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 titles, written in chalk as graffiti on a wall, the name of the director Charles Crichton has been modified to King Charles Crichton. See more »


Featured in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »


Oh For the Wings of A Dove
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Arranged by Ernest Irving
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The only Ealing Comedy with Alastair Sim?
31 October 2006 | by iamian16See all my reviews

Though I don't think this film is particularly well regarded, or even known; this is a splendid little tale of youth as the adult world would prefer it and a rather kindly mentor in the lugubrious shape of Alastair Sim. The plot hinges on the now unknown pursuits of comic strips and collecting vehicle registration (licence) plate numbers.

The humour is more subtle and understated than in the later films, indeed one can feel the transition with the years through films such as The Magnet and The Maggie before we reach the true classics of the genre.

Finally, though many will link the name of the great Alastair Sim with Ealing Comedies, am I right in thinking that this, the first of the Ealing Comedies is the only one to feature him?

Alastair is better known working with other studios I believe.

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Release Date:

10 October 1947 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Houdt den dief! See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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