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The Gentle Gunman (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 10 October 1953 (USA)
In 1941, in wartime U.K., two Irish brothers working for the I.R.A. come against their local leader's ruthless methods.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writers:

Roger MacDougall (play), Roger MacDougall (screenplay) (as Roger Macdougall)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
John Mills ... Terence Sullivan
Dirk Bogarde ... Matt Sullivan
Robert Beatty ... Shinto
Elizabeth Sellars ... Maureen Fagan
Barbara Mullen ... Molly Fagan
Eddie Byrne ... Flynn
Joseph Tomelty ... Dr Brannigan
Liam Redmond ... Connolly
James Kenney ... Johnny Fagan
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Murphy
Jack MacGowran ... Patsy McGuire (as Jack McGowran)
Gilbert Harding Gilbert Harding ... Henry Truethome
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Storyline

I.R.A. member Terry (Sir John Mills) modifies his violent views after working undercover in wartime London. When his co-conspirators are arrested, he ensures that his brother Matt (Sir Dirk Bogarde) escapes back to Ireland. Terry follows and the local group have to decide what to do about him and about their imprisoned colleagues being shipped to Belfast. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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They Branded Him a Coward...and paid in full for their mistake. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 October 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bombe im U-Bahn-Schacht See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Uncredited theatrical movie debut of John Orchard (Sentry). See more »

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Opening credits prologue: NORTHERN IRELAND 1941 See more »

Connections

Featured in Century of Cinema: Ourselves Alone? (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Moonshiner
(uncredited)
Traditional
Arranged by Delia Murphy
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A decent enough attempt at dramatizing the Irish 'Troubles'
7 June 2014 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

The Irish 'Troubles' might seem an unlikely subject for an Ealing film of the early fifties but when you consider it's a Basil Dearden/Michael Relph movie then perhaps not, for Dearden and Relph were the team behind "Sapphire" and "Victim" which tackled racism and homosexuality at a time when such subjects were considered taboo. It's set during the Second World War and it's about the IRA doing their bit to heighten the Blitz in London and casts John Mills and Dirk Bogarde as very unlikely Irish brothers, one for the use of violence and the other against it. Bogarde, in particular, is miscast, (he never wanted to make the movie), and his attempt at an Irish accent is pretty awful but Mills, once again, proves the better actor and turns in a fairly credible performance while Dearden ensures the suspense quota remains high. An excellent supporting cast includes Jack MacGowran, Liam Redmond, Robert Beatty and Barbara Mullen. It's unlikely it will ever go down as one of the better films to deal with the Irish question but neither is it negligible and it is worth seeing.


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