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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Certificate:

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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

Opening credits: The events and characters portrayed in this film are wholly fictitious. 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
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Traditional
Arranged by Delia Murphy
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Poorly written and acted
22 July 2014 | by malcolmgswSee all my reviews

This is a truly woeful effort from Ealing.So much about it is wrong.Most of the actors are ill suited to their roles and end up speaking like Barry Fitzgerald.Characters are underwritten.John Mills part in particular.Also the action is ridiculous.IRA men are taken to serve a sentence in Belfast!When the guards discover an intruder in the docks they don't guess what he is after.John Mills is allowed on a navy ship without question and then gets away.Naturally unshown as the writer could not dream up a plausible way of showing this.Despite the fact that the 2 prisoners have escaped the prison van still shows up at the yard.Difficult to know who the studios were aiming at with this film and little surprise that it had only a short time left of its existence.


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