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Pool of London (1951)

Approved | | Crime, Drama | 13 August 1951 (Sweden)
When their ship docks the crew disembark as usual to pick up their lives in postwar London. For one of them his petty smuggling turns more serious when he finds himself caught up with a robbery in the City.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Jack Whittingham (original screenplay), John Eldridge (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bonar Colleano ... Dan MacDonald
Susan Shaw ... Pat
Renée Asherson ... Sally
Earl Cameron ... Johnny Lambert
Moira Lister ... Maisie
Max Adrian ... Charlie Vernon - acrobat / George
Joan Dowling Joan Dowling ... Pamela, Maisie's sister
James Robertson Justice ... Engine Room Officer Trotter
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Customs Officer Andrews
John Longden ... Det. Insp. Williams
Alfie Bass ... Alf, a henchman
Christopher Hewett ... Mike
Leslie Phillips ... Harry, a sailor
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Storyline

Crime melodrama about two sailors in London, an American open to theft and smuggling and an honest Jamaican, and the crooks and girls they know. A jewel theft goes wrong and those involved must decide whether to try to get away or to do the right thing. Superb photography of postwar central London when almost empty of people on a Sunday. Written by d.phillipson@rogers.com

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A drama of the river underworld

Genres:

Crime | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Encontro em Londres See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Ealing Studios See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First British film to show a mixed-race romance. See more »

Quotes

Johnny Lambert: When you're at the wheel of a ship at night, far at sea and nothing else to do, you think about a lot of things you don't understand. You wonder why one man is born white and another isn't. And how about God himself? What color is he? And the stars seem so close and the world so small in comparison to all the other worlds above you. It doesn't seem to matter so much how we were born.
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Opening credits prologue: FRIDAY AFTERNOON See more »

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Featured in Channel 4 News: Episode dated 16 September 2016 (2016) See more »

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Where's My Love?
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Written by Harry Conway and Vicky Conway
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A Fascinating look at the London docks of the early 1950's
24 July 2001 | by MIKE-WILSON6See all my reviews

Ealing goes to the docks in this marvellous story, about robbery, smuggling and life in general aboard a ship, docked in the old port of London. Bonar Colleano plays Dan MacDonald , a seaman on board the freighter 'Dunbar' who supplements his income, by a little harmless smuggling, when he is approached by a gang to take the proceeds of a daring jewel robbery, to a fence abroad.

Shot in and around Tower Bridge, and the area of Southwark, It shows a side of London, still reeling from all the bomb damage from the blitz.The present generation would do well to see this slice of history.


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