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Both Sides of the Law (1953)

Street Corner (original title)
A pseudo-documentary in style with an emphasis on the daily work and routine of women police built around three different story lines. The first involves eighteen-year-old Bridget Foster (... See full summary »


Muriel Box


Jan Read (based on an original story), Muriel Box (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Crawford ... WPC Susan
Peggy Cummins ... Bridget Foster
Rosamund John ... Sgt. Pauline Ramsey
Terence Morgan ... Ray
Barbara Murray ... WPC Lucy Loggart
Ronald Howard ... David Evans
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Edna Hurran
Charles Victor ... Muller
Michael Medwin ... Chick Farrar
Thora Hird ... Mrs. Perkins (Woman at Police Station)
Marjorie Rhodes Marjorie Rhodes ... Mrs. Foster
Joyce Carey ... Miss Hopkins
Dora Bryan ... Prostitute at Police Station
Maurice Denham ... Mr. Dawson
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Mrs. Muller (as Lilly Kann)


A pseudo-documentary in style with an emphasis on the daily work and routine of women police built around three different story lines. The first involves eighteen-year-old Bridget Foster (Peggy Cummins) who is picked up for shoplifting, but let off lightly. She has a small child, an often-absent husband and mother-in-law trouble. To compound that, she takes up with a petty hoodlum who commits a jewel robbery. The second story tells of a young girl who deserts the Army to marry a boy who needs her and commits bigamy in the process, but it all works out. The third story is about a baby who is mistreated by its father and stepmother, but is reunited, through police work, with its real mother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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DARING WOMEN Who Fight London's Underworld! See more »


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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious. Any similarity to actual events or persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. See more »


Desk Sgt. Bates: You're not obliged to say anything unless you wish to do so but whatever you say will be taken down in writing and may be given in evidence. Do you wish to say anything?
Prostitute at Police Station: Do I wish to say anything - I certainly do. You know me don't you? You seen me down here plenty of times before, 'aven't you?
Desk Sgt. Bates: Yes, plenty.
Prostitute at Police Station: I've never made any trouble before, 'ave I?
Desk Sgt. Bates: No, I don't think you 'ave.
Prostitute at Police Station: Alright then. Well next time you wanna pinch me, you send one of the boys along, see? I don't mind being knocked off ...
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Lady Cops Plus
21 January 2020 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Anne Crawford is a young cop, assigned to less hazardous duty: not that it doesn't come up, given she might have to pursue a baby onto a high window ledge.

Muriel Box's earnest movie about the routines of modern low-level police work runs the gamut of situations, with a gradually increasing level of crime. Peggy Cummins, playing an 18-year-old, is one of the running links connecting crimes, as she goes from shoplifting, to a missing-person report filed by her husband, to the girl of a dangerous gangster.... wearing stolen jewelry.

It's a paean to routine paying off and muddling through, dealing with streetwalkers who don't want to be arrested by women, and one slice of cops on the take....: men cops, although whether the implication is that women are above that sort of thing, or lack the opportunity is unclear. Good directing and decent performances is the rule of the day in this movie, with Thora Hird given a small, funny bit when she accuses the police of luring small children in with treats.

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Release Date:

11 January 1954 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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