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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 »


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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 Ravenscourt, 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! ...


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Release Date:

1 November 1954 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Les bons meurent jeunes See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Romulus Films, Remus See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several of the main cast lived out the dying young part of the title by passing away before either age 50 or 60. Laurence Harvey and Margaret Leighton were married a few years later 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 age 57, and James Kenney in 1987 at age 56. As of early 2018, only Joan Collins is still alive at age 84, tied with Robert Morley who passed away in 1992. See more »


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Mike Morgan: What did I do it for? Money. The money we were saving together, the money I was going to buy that shop with. And look what I got for my trouble - stone deaf in one ear, half blind and only one hand. What sort of a man does that make me?
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Piano Blues
Music by Lambert Williamson
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smart british thriller
7 December 2002 | by didi-5See all my reviews

Coming to this with neutral expectations, and fresh from seeing Harvey in 'Room at the Top' for the umpteenth time, I was quite surprised to find it watchable, with lots of interesting facets and a cast who complement each other well. Baker (an actor whose work seems to be undergoing some appraisal at film festivals lately) gives some dignity to the down-on-his-luck prizefighter; Harvey convincingly plays an upper-class slimeball alternatively charming and terrorising his wife (interesting played by Margaret Leighton, who would become Mrs Harvey in real life), sparring with the father who despises him, and poisoning his 'friends' lives like a devious snake. Ireland, as the bitter GI with a film star wife flaunting her infidelities each time he comes home from leave, is effective, while Basehart, with a weedy wife and an overbearing mother-in-law, puts across his frustations nicely. So much for characterisation. The film is mainly taken up with a series of flashbacks, showing how the four men find themselves in the situation we see them in at the start. Once it moves back into the present, it feels rushed and the final moralistic voiceover almost kills it. Amongst the other players, Joan Collins as Basehart's wife doesn't do much besides pout and look pretty, while Gloria Grahame as the film actress manages to be simply irritating. All things considered, the film isn't a total success but has enough going on to keep you there with it.

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