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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

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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Storyline

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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Taglines:

KID SAVAGES!...seeking sensations at Any Cost! (original print ad) See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Slasher See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

In June 1952 director Lewis Gilbert invited Kenneth Williams to come in to see him and discuss a part in the film. He does not, ultimately, appear. See more »

Goofs

When Walshy and one of his gang go to play draughts (checkers), the positions of the different coloured pieces seem to swap sides from when they approach the board (black on the left) to when they are seated (red on the left) to when they leave (black on the left). See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Collins: Do you think I'm going to let that little gangster do this and get away with it?
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Valse Elegante
(uncredited)
Music by Frank Cordell
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Risible
27 September 2000 | by Bernie-56See all my reviews

Couldn't agree more with the previous review. I caught the last 15 minutes on cable. I have yet to see more wooden acting -- just standing there and saying the lines!

If I had been the Cosh Boy I would have just slugged my stepfather on the jaw and run away. Or, if American, shot him with my handy revolver.


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