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The Slasher (1953)

Cosh Boy (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama | 29 May 1953 (USA)
The life of a juvenile delinquent is threatened by his own incessant desire for trouble.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Roy
... Rene
... Elsie
... Bob
... Mrs. Collins
... Queenie
Nancy Roberts ... Gran Walsh
... Donaldson
Ian Whittaker ... Alfie
Stanley Escane ... Pete
Michael McKeag ... Brian
Sean Lynch ... Darkey
... Skinny (as John Briggs)
... Woods
Cameron Hall ... Mr. Beverley
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Amongst the bomb-sites and dark alleys of postwar London Roy Walsh and his gang of juvenile delinquents waylay and rob old ladies. Without parental control from his war-widowed doting mother, Welsh, already on probation, drifts into more and more devious and serious offences. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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Call me a gangster or a mobster...but not a delinquent! See more »

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The Slasher  »

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Trivia

Roy Bentley, at the time captain of Chelsea Football club and an England international, has a small, uncredited role as an instructor. See more »

Goofs

In the draughts game, Walshy's opponent makes two moves before Walshy makes one. The position of the pieces at the end of the scene reflect a different game to the one they appear to have played, especially as they do not seem to have moved any pieces during their conversation other than the first three moves. See more »

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Police Sergeant: How would you describe the men who attacked you?
Queenie: As dirty lot of stinking rotten sons of...
Police Sergeant: Alright, alright. What did they look like?
Queenie: 'Ow the hell should I know? D'you suppose they came up and raised their bloomin' 'ats before they 'it me?
Police Sergeant: [filling in a form] No description...
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits prologue: By itself, the "Cosh" is the cowardly implement of a contemporary evil; in association with "Boy", it marks a post-war tragedy - the juvenile delinquent. "Cosh Boy" portrays starkly the development of a young criminal, an enemy of society at sixteen. Our Judges and Magistrates, and the Police, whose stern duty it is to resolve the problem, agree that its origins lie mainly in the lack of parental control and early discipline. The problem exists - and we cannot escape it by closing our eyes. This film is presented in the hope that it will contribute towards stamping out this social evil. See more »

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Featured in Mike Baldwin & Me (2001) See more »

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The Rose of Tralee
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Yes, but...
25 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

Just seen this on TV. Watched the whole thing (not just the last 15 minutes), and agree with most of what's been said - the dodgy accents, the usual brace of Hermiones, Sid James doing his avuncular desk sergeant bit, etc etc. And as the stepfather Robert Ayres gives the best performance as a piece of wood I've seen since the log in Twin Peaks. Don't think I've ever seen a film before where the fuzz make themselves scarce for ten minutes so stepfather can give his stepson a bloody good thrashing! But...making allowances for the conventions of the time, you can tell it was made by someone who knew what he was doing, and several things kept me watching: the location shots of blitzed London; Joan Collins, who was rather affecting given the limitations of her role; and James Kenney as Roy the hoodlum was really good - overwrought, sure, but convincing nevertheless. I was reminded of Gary Oldman at his most psychotic.


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