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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.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert

Writers:

Bruce Walker (play), Lewis Gilbert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
James Kenney ... Roy
Joan Collins ... Rene
Betty Ann Davies ... Elsie
Robert Ayres ... Bob
Hermione Baddeley ... Mrs. Collins
Hermione Gingold ... Queenie
Nancy Roberts Nancy Roberts ... Gran Walsh
Laurence Naismith ... Donaldson
Ian Whittaker Ian Whittaker ... Alfie
Stanley Escane Stanley Escane ... Pete
Michael McKeag Michael McKeag ... Brian
Sean Lynch ... Darkey
Johnny Briggs ... Skinny (as John Briggs)
Edward Evans ... Woods
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Mr. Beverley
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Amongst the bomb-sites and dark alleys of postwar London, Roy Walsh (James Kenney) and his gang of juvenile delinquents waylay and rob old ladies. Without parental control from his war-widowed doting mother, Walsh, already on probation, drifts into more and more devious and serious offences. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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BORN BAD...with a talent for trouble! See more »

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Usually reckoned to be the first British movie to get an "X" certificate. There were other movies before this one that had similar levels of content, and some of those were passed for general viewing, but this movie was presented for certification just as they introduced the new "X" certificate in 1951. The "X" certificate has since been replaced by the "18" certificate. 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 »

Quotes

Roy Walsh: Supposing I killed him?
Skinny Johnson: Then you'll be takin' the 9 o'clock walk. You'll be topped for certain.
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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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The Rose of Tralee
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Hits you over the head and you'll like it
26 September 2010 | by FilmFlaneurSee all my reviews

Don't miss this, now available as THE SLASHER as part of a Kit Parker Films DVD double bill under the moniker British Film Noir (along with TWILIGHT WOMEN). Strictly speaking I would class neither of these two productions as 'film noir' - more social problem and crime films. THE SLASHER is actually the American renaming of good old COSH BOY, a title which has occasionally surfaced on UK's C4. It's the main reason why I, and I suspect others, will want this disc - a minor cult item featuring a memorable central turn for James Kenney - who also appears, to less effect in another recent release (from the UK this time) GELIGNITE GANG. Kenney plays Roy, the anti-social, selfish, cunning and manipulative thug, about whose short career as a petty criminal the film is about. Highlight of the film is the corporal punishment meted out to Roy by his new stepfather in the final scenes - something strikingly and splendidly un-PC: much more more intense and yes, satisfying in effect than any amount of more establishment-accommodating endings familiar from other films of this ilk. I'm no supporter of the belt, but by God you will be crying out for Roy, who has betrayed his girlfriend (a very young Joan Collins) his mother, his grandmother and almost everyone else, to get the taste of it by time of the end! THE SLASHER may have its weaknesses, including an obvious black-and-white view of behaviour, but with such a powerful ending, together with Kenney's memorable performance it is a must-see. Those who criticise some of the acting (viz: one of Roy's stooges, a particularly whining individual) miss the point - this is British exploitation at its best. The DVD quality is excellent btw except for one or soundtrack drop outs with the present release.


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Language:

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Release Date:

29 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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1.37 : 1
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