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The Hundred Hour Hunt (1952)

Emergency Call (original title)
Scotland Yard is mobilised in the hunt for blood donors in a race to save a dying girl.

Director:

Lewis Gilbert
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Warner ... Inspector Lane
Anthony Steel ... Dr. Carter
Joy Shelton ... Laura Bishop
Freddie Mills Freddie Mills ... Tim Mahoney (as Freddie Mills Former Light Heavyweight Champion of the World)
Sidney James ... Danny Marks
Earl Cameron ... George Robinson
John Robinson John Robinson ... Dr. Braithwaite
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Cornelius
Eric Pohlmann ... Flash Harry
Sydney Tafler Sydney Tafler ... Brett
Geoffrey Hibbert Geoffrey Hibbert ... Jackson
Vida Hope Vida Hope ... Brenda
Henry Hewitt Henry Hewitt ... Mr. Wilberforce
Peggy Bryan ... Ward Sister
Avis Scott Avis Scott ... Marie
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Storyline

Scotland Yard is mobilised in the hunt for blood donors in a race to save a dying girl.

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Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 June 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Hundred Hour Hunt See more »

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Production Co:

Nettlefold Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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First film of Freddie Mills. See more »

Quotes

Dr. Carter: Your blood can save that child's life - you know that don't you? But to take it now will more than very possibly kill you.
Jackson: And if you don't take it?
Inspector Lane: You'll be taken to hospital, you'll live and in due course you'll stand trial for murder.
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Connections

Remade as Emergency (1962) See more »

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Slice-of-life Brit thriller
10 March 2015 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

EMERGENCY CALL is a film that takes an old premise, involving a sick and ailing child who desperately needs to be saved by a transfusion of rare blood, and uses it as a basis for a film which explores working class life in London in the early 1950s. It's an intriguing little portrait of its time, depicting a bygone era populated by racial tension, corrupt boxing promoters, and criminals desperately trying to cover up their past crimes. The film is episodic in nature and hampered by the constraints of a low budget, but not without interest for fans of the genre.

The cast includes Jack Warner (TV's DIXON OF DOCK GREEN) playing, you guessed, a policeman, and real-life boxing champ Freddie Mills playing, well, a boxer. There are also roles for those who would achieve later fame, including Thora Hird and Sid James. The film shrugs off the social commentary about two thirds of the way in, ending up as a police procedural thriller with an effective climax. Not great, but there's still plenty of interest here.


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