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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.


Basil Dearden


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




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


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


Crime | Drama


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if you are interested in a glimpse of early post-war London, trams and all, this is a must

Quite splendid and surprisingly good British film with marvellous and evocative location shooting, mainly in and around the Tower Bridge and the docks. Fast moving, with decent story, well acted and directed, I am amazed I have never come across this before. Living in Greenwich, I was particularly thrilled to see a sequence shot in the Maritime Museum plus a shot which included a glimpse of what looked like a derelict observatory, certainly not surrounded by tourists as it is today. Also great to see the power station billowing smoke and absolutely no docklands development beyond. Earl Cameron plays the West Indian sailor who is shown getting pretty close to the action, even if he is considered, 'Just like all the rest.' Good to see he has continued to work right up to the present. Unlike the co-lead, very popular in his day apparently, Bonar Colleano, who died in a motor accident eight years after making this. Not a 'noir' as some have suggested, but a rattling good yarn and if you are interested in a glimpse of early post-war London, trams and all, this is a must.

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13 August 1951 (Sweden) See more »

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Encontro em Londres See more »

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Ealing Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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