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The Blue Lamp (1950)

The daily routine of two London policemen is interrupted by a killer.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay), Jan Read (original treatment) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Jack Warner ... PC George Dixon
Jimmy Hanley ... PC Andy Mitchell
Dirk Bogarde ... Tom Riley
Robert Flemyng ... Detective Sgt. Roberts
Bernard Lee ... Divisional Detective Inspector Cherry
Peggy Evans Peggy Evans ... Diana Lewis
Patric Doonan Patric Doonan ... Spud
Bruce Seton ... PC 'Jock' Campbell
Meredith Edwards ... PC 'Taff' Hughes
Clive Morton ... Police Sgt. Brooks
Frederick Piper Frederick Piper ... Alf Lewis
Dora Bryan ... Maisie
Gladys Henson Gladys Henson ... Mrs. Em Dixon
Tessie O'Shea Tessie O'Shea ... Herself
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Storyline

We follow the daily activities of two London bobbies, veteran George Dixon and rookie Andy Mitchell. Meanwhile, young hoods Tom and Spud plan a series of robberies with Tom's girl Diana, a discontented beauty, as inside worker. But in their second crime, one of our heroes is shot, setting off a citywide manhunt. The killer is clever, but will he outsmart himself? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The unending battle of the city streets See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 June 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Lâmpada Azul See more »

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Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Gaumont Kalee) (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In a neat piece of scripting symmetry, the directions given by Dixon to Paddington Station are echoed by Mitchell at the films' close. See more »

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The film is explicitly set in July 1949. However, one of the newspapers seen onscreen notes that "Sophie Tuckshop" has married. This is a reference to actress Hattie Jacques, who only married John Le Mesurier on 10 November of that year (Tuckshop was her character in the popular BBC Home Service radio comedy series "It's That Man Again"). See more »

Quotes

PC George Dixon: Now, now, now, what's all this about?
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Crazy Credits

We acknowledge with gratitude the help given by the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis Sir Harold Scott K.C.B. K.B.E., and men and women of the Metropolitan Police. To them, and their colleagues in the Police Service of Britain, we dedicate this film. See more »

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I'm Looking for a Lad
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Written and Performed by Tessie O'Shea
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Very realistic
9 June 2005 | by loza-1See all my reviews

This was made just five years after the end of the second world war. Some old folk I spoke to as a kid told me that when they were kids there were no gangs of youths on the streets: there were gangs of men. After the second world war, we began to see the emergence of youth crime. It has grown since then, practically spiralling out of control.

When we look at this film from the frame of reference of the early twenty-first century, this film where the London underworld joins with the police to track down the killer of a policeman looks unreal. If you have read any of the reminiscences of police officers of the period (such as Robert Fabian's "Fabian of the Yard") you will see that this sort of relationship between the police and the underworld is right on the button. This is the sort of thing that would have happened.

The type of policing that this film portrays belongs to a bygone era, when criminals often didn't have cars to make their getaways. It also shows the advantage of the beat copper, who knows his beat so well that if there is anything unusual he notes it down, and if there is any trouble, he has a fair idea of who is causing it. And the pair played by Jimmy Hanley and Jack Warner showed perfectly the inexperienced learning from the experienced. The situations, such as the costermonger being continually told to "move along there" are real for then but not for now, when police work, once done using discretion, is now, like everything else, done by bureaucracy.

The film is shot in north London, in the Paddington, Maida Vale and Westbourne Park areas. P C Dixon's beat is round by the Grand Union Canal in an area known as Little Venice. The police station is the old Paddington Green station, which has since been knocked down and replaced by a new one on the Edgware Road.

What you must not do is watch this film and judge it by today's standards. I am old enough to know that the social conditions portrayed in this film are as realistic as it gets; and so is the way the police operate.

An excellent film.


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