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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 18-year-old Bridget Foster (Peggy ... See full summary »

Director:

Muriel Box

Writers:

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

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 Ronald Howard ... David Evans
Eleanor Summerfield Eleanor Summerfield ... Edna Hurran
Charles Victor 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 Maurice Denham ... Mr. Dawson
Lily Kann Lily Kann ... Mrs. Muller (as Lilly Kann)
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Storyline

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 18-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 step-mother, but is reunited, through police work, with its real mother. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TORN from the records of women who fight crime! See more »

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Both Sides of the Law See more »

Filming Locations:

Belgravia, London, England, UK See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The screening of this film at the BFI Southbank on September 29th 2010 was introduced by Peggy Cummins. See more »

Quotes

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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Absorbing
3 September 2003 | by henry-girlingSee all my reviews

Directed by one of the few women directors in the 1950s, 'Street Corner' concentrates on several women police officers going about their work. Several negative comments are made by the characters in the film about 'cops in skirts' but the film shows how capable they are. Nothing is mentioned about their home lives, they are people with a job who get on with it. Made in the early fifties it gives a foretaste of the social changes to come. The women policeman are defined by their work not their relationships. Most of the incidents are 'domestic' but there is robbery and violence too in the film.

The film is located in London and it is startling to see in the film early housing estates being used by the characters. It is a cliche in modern British films to have the housing estate as a nexus of crime and poverty. In this film they are look clean and the lifts work. The film has a similar feel to the classic Ealing film 'The Blue Lamp'.

The male actors are bland but the female actors are accomplished British performers, Rosamund John, Barbara Murray, Anne Crawford, Sarah Lawson, Eleanor Summerfield, Peggy Cummins etc. Dora Bryan and Thora Hird are hilarious in bit parts. Films like these from the fifties need re-appraisal as they are more than the sum of their parts. A modest but absorbing film, I'm pleased I picked it up in a sale at a video shop.


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