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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Trivia

Film debut of Dandy Nichols. See more »

Goofs

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 »

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 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 »


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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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A nostalgic movie, brightened by scenes of London's blitzed buildings, before developers began to pour unsightly concrete.
25 February 2006 | by tony1911See all my reviews

I found a copy of this movie in my local (Phoenix, Arizona) used book store. Ah, bliss! The sights of old London, albeit somewhat bomb-damaged, before the developers started to build ugly tower blocks. The movie itself is excellent, with good characterization for the 'kids', although Jack Warner's role as the villain seems a little overblown. Alistair Sim's role as the nervous author of comic books is an excellent vignette, showing his trademark nervous twitchy smile. The final chase and confrontation, at "Ballard's Wharf", reputedly in Wapping, was actually filmed on the opposite side of the river, as can be scene in the long shots, where St. Paul's cathedral can be seen.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1947 (Belgium) See more »

Also Known As:

Houdt den dief! See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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