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The Good Die Young (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Thriller | 1 November 1954 (Sweden)
In London, three otherwise law-abiding good men and their unscrupulous leader are about to commit a serious crime, but for different reasons.


Lewis Gilbert


Vernon Harris (screenplay), Lewis Gilbert (screenplay) | 1 more credit »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Laurence Harvey ... Miles 'Rave' Ravenscourt
Gloria Grahame ... Denise
Richard Basehart ... Joe
Joan Collins ... Mary
John Ireland ... Eddie
Rene Ray ... Angela
Stanley Baker ... Mike
Margaret Leighton ... Eve
Robert Morley ... Sir Francis Ravenscourt
Freda Jackson ... Mrs. Freeman
James Kenney ... Dave - Angela's Brother
Susan Shaw ... Doris - Girl in the Pub
Lee Patterson ... Tod Maslin
Sandra Dorne ... Pretty Girl
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Stookey


Three good men - a broken boxer, an American veteran trying to win back his mother-dominated wife, and an Air Force Sergeant married to a faithless actress - are corrupted by Miles "Rave" Ravenscourt (Laurence Harvey), an amoral "gentleman". Because they need money, they let Miles lure them into his scheme to rob a postal van with a large cash cargo. Written by Mike Rogers <MICHAELPEM@aol.com>

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Two deadly weapons. Burning lips! ... Hot lead! ...


Crime | Drama | Thriller


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Several of the main cast lived up to the "dying young" part of the title. Laurence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were married in 1957. She was made a CBE, won two Tony Awards, and died in 1976 at age 53. Harvey died in 1973 at age 45. The couple had divorced in 1961. Of the remaining cast, Stanley Baker died in 1976 at age 48, Susan Shaw in 1978 at age 49, Gloria Grahame in 1981 at 57 and James Kenney in 1987 at 56. As of late 2019, only Dame Joan Collins is still alive at age 86, and Robert Morley passed away in 1992 at age 84. See more »


A shot is fired at a couple in a doorway who dodge further back inside and lean against windows which visibly shake. See more »


Denise: Todd has become the biggest thing in pictures and he's asked little me to be with him in his next picture.
Eddie: How exciting. I saw your last picture by the way. Who was the guy you said your line to?
Denise: I'm afraid Eddie that your life in the Air Force has coarsened your mind.
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Piano Blues
Music by Lambert Williamson
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Great Cast, Great Story
29 October 2002 | by buxSee all my reviews

What a cast! Basehart, Harvey, Baker, and Ireland turn out stunning performances in this British film noir entry. The story is of three decent men, on hard times that are enticed to robbery by the one bad seed amongst them (Harvey). Also interesting to view Joan Collins in an early role, man she was REALLY hot when she was young. The tale is told in flashback, and younger viewers, more inclined to slash and bang, might find it a bit slow, but the ending is both subtle and surprising. A good one.

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Release Date:

1 November 1954 (Sweden) See more »

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Production Co:

Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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