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Tiger in the Smoke (1956)

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Margery Allingham (novel), Anthony Pelissier (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sinden ... Geoffrey Leavitt
Muriel Pavlow ... Meg Elgin
Tony Wright ... Jack Havoc (aka Johnny Cash)
Bernard Miles ... Tiddy Doll the Gang Leader
Alec Clunes ... Asst. Commissioner Oates
Laurence Naismith ... Canon Avril
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Chief Inspector Luke
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Will
Thomas Heathcote ... Rolly Gripper
Sam Kydd ... Tom Gripper
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Crutches
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Duds Morrison
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Detective Sergeant Pickett
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Uncle
Stratford Johns ... Police Constable
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In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it Written by nickjg

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Brott i dimma See more »

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The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The first of Four films and 1 TV series that Roy Ward Baker would direct Laurence Naismith in. See more »

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Interesting film for other reasons
27 March 2008 | by dracherSee all my reviews

This film is not in any way a gripping story, in fact, it seems as one watches it, to be three films cut and compressed to make one. So, what's wrong with it? The main problem is the fact that it has too many characters, too many mediocre actors (one appallingly bad one) too many angles and not enough of a story, the denouement is positively under whelming and one is left not caring about anyone, except perhaps, the canon played beautifully by that most reliable and welcome of actors, Laurence Naismith.

So why am I bothering to write about it? Because it is one of those worthwhile ventures, one of those film projects that had so much going for it on paper that it deserved to become a huge success. The directing of camera was for the most part brilliant, with many innovative techniques, some of them well ahead of the industry's time. The directing of the actors was uneven and sometimes non existent, which allowed better actors to get disorderly and the poor ones (there were a few) to go off the edge or simply flounder, the actor playing Johnny Havoc, the film's central bad guy, was simply not up to the role, and should have been recast, he indulged in "mad acting" "golden haze" and "falling on furniture" all things no actor should ever be allowed to get away with, and in his one great scene (in the cellar with his gang) he blew every opportunity the script afforded him to shine and to create great drama, as a result, the scene fell like seeds on stony ground.

Having said this, the film was made with some great care and there were moments that broke all barriers for the time. The actor playing the Inspector(against type from the book)was good, and the supporting police force actors were good, Charles Victor(though very near the edge most of the time) provided a welcome uplift, and Laurence Naismith was (as usual) on top of his job.

Donald Sinden had not at this time developed his hard jaw and tight teeth acting and so was quite acceptable as the new man in the life of the love interest (an actress who did so very well with what she was given, which wasn't very much) and he was handsome enough to be taken for Richard Green.

This is a good film if you allow for the obvious flaws, and deserves a place alongside great works, for it's bravery and innovative techniques, as well as some of the character acting, odd bits of which, were brilliant.

Dracher


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