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The Silk Noose (1948)

Noose (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 19 July 1950 (USA)
Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She ... See full summary »

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Richard Llewellyn (play), Richard Llewellyn (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Carole Landis ... Linda Medbury
Joseph Calleia ... Sugiani
Derek Farr ... Capt. Jumbo Hyde
Stanley Holloway ... Insp. Kendall
Nigel Patrick ... Bar Gorman
Ruth Nixon Ruth Nixon ... Annie Foss
Carol van Derman Carol van Derman ... Mercia Lane (as Carol Van Derman)
John Slater ... Pudd'n Bason
Leslie Bradley ... Basher
Reginald Tate Reginald Tate ... Editor
Edward Rigby ... Slush
John Salew John Salew ... Greasy Anderson
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Sgt. Brooks
Hay Petrie ... Barber
Uriel Porter Uriel Porter ... Coaly
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Sugiani, a black-market racketeer in London, following World War II, is amassing a vast fortune until Linda Medbury, an American newspaper reporter, learns about him and his operation. She wages a crusade against Sugiani, and enlists the aid of her fiancée, 'Jumbo' Hyde, a former British Commando captain. Sugiania tries to buy her off but fails, and then threatens her life. Linda and Hyde get a gymnasium operator to lend them some fighters to storm Sugiani's headquarters. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Crime | Drama

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Release Date:

19 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Silk Noose See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Carol van Derman (as Carol Van Derman) receives an "introducing" credit. See more »

Quotes

Bar Gorman: 'Ere y'are, Slushy Boy. A 'undred knicker. Now scarper.
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Ahead of its time in some ways, but the execution is rather pedestrian
27 June 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

NOOSE is a well-plotted but oddly uninspiring little crime film which deals with efforts to bring down an Italian black market racketeer operating in London following WW2. His sheer breadth of power means that the authorities are powerless against him, until a lone female reporter decides to write a scoop that brings him out of the woodwork and up against her.

There's some great material in the narrative here, including a completely amoral villain who enjoys using knuckle dusters to beat up women! The stark gang violence makes ahead of its time, but it's a pity that the execution is less than stellar. The film plods when it should grip, and it only really gets going in the last twenty minutes or so, with an unusual and rather powerful climax. It's one of those rare films where the women are both empowered and sexualised, leaving the men looking weak by comparison.

The tragic Carole Landis stars in her penultimate acting role before her untimely suicide and very good she is too: bright, brassy, and running rings around the menfolk. Joseph Calleia and Derek Farr are rather uninspired as the rival protagonists, though we do get the likes of Stanley Holloway in support, and even a brief cameo for Michael Ripper. Nigel Patrick is something of a scene stealer as a loud-mouth spiv, and although his telephone manner is absolutely hilarious, I found his brash character ended up being too over the top for his own good.


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