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The Silk Noose (1948)

Noose (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 19 July 1950 (USA)
In post- WW2 Britain, an American fashion journalist, her ex-army fiancé, and a gang of honest toughs from a local gym attempt to bring black market organized crime to justice.


Richard Llewellyn (play), Richard Llewellyn (screenplay)




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 ... Editor
Edward Rigby ... Slush
John Salew John Salew ... Greasy Anderson
Robert Adair Robert Adair ... Sgt. Brooks
Hay Petrie ... Barber
Uriel Porter Uriel Porter ... Coaly


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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Ruth Nixon receives an "introducing" credit. See more »


[repeated line]
Bar Gorman: Don't keep goin' on an' on an' on. Don't keep goin' on an' on an' on.
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Over the Waves
Music by Juventino Rosas
Played on barrel organ
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Classy post-war British Crime Movie
6 August 2001 | by noir guySee all my reviews

Tangy post-War British 'Spiv' movie (a cycle of films with roots in 30s American Gangster movies, featuring characters profiting from wartime rationing in a similar fashion to 30s bootleggers, but not so clearly glamorised as their Stateside equivalents). Directed by Edmond T. Greville (BEAT GIRL aka WILD FOR KICKS), and adapted from a stage play, this features Carole Landis (in one of her final roles) as nosy reporter Linda Medbury who, together with her ex-commando boyfriend Jumbo Hoyle (played by Derek Farr), gets on the trail of a gang of post-war black marketeers headed by Soho nightclub owner Sugiani, played by Joseph Calleia (whose role was based on a real-life Post-war London criminal). This gets them mixed up with London 'Spiv' Bar Gorman, played by Nigel Patrick, whose slangy, comic performance almost overshadows the surrounding film. Imaginatively shot, speedily paced, and ripe with post-War vernacular and the requisite criminal dust-ups (primarily involving the good guys' recruited gang of boxers, market porters, and cab drivers versus the low-life criminals), this is an entertaining slice of British crime and deserves to be better known, as it's worthy of a place alongside such noted post-War British crime movies as BRIGHTON ROCK and NIGHT AND THE CITY. Check it out, if you get the chance.

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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