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The Weapon (1956)

A boy accidentally shoots a friend with a gun he found in the rubble of a destroyed building. The gun turns out to be a clue in a ten-year-old murder case.


Val Guest, Hal E. Chester (uncredited)


Fred Freiberger (screenplay), Hal E. Chester (original story)


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Complete credited cast:
Steve Cochran ... Mark Andrews
Lizabeth Scott ... Elsa Jenner
George Cole ... Joshua Henry
Herbert Marshall ... Supt. Mackenzie
Nicole Maurey ... Vivienne
Jon Whiteley ... Erik Jenner
Laurence Naismith ... Jamison
Stanley Maxted Stanley Maxted ... Colonel
Felix Felton Felix Felton ... Oscar Smithson
Denis Shaw ... Groggins
John Horsley ... Johnson
Fred Johnson Fred Johnson ... Fitzsimmons


A boy accidentally shoots a friend with a gun he found in the rubble of a destroyed building. The gun turns out to be a clue in a ten-year-old murder case.

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This Gun Talked...and four frightened people need it - to live!




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Release Date:

17 May 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amanecer incierto See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Periclean Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Ridiculous storyline, but 1950s-era London is brought to life very well
29 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

THE WEAPON is an unusually-plotted British crime film in which the bombed-out ruins of a post-war London play a large part in the proceedings. The tale is about a group of street urchins playing in said ruins who discover a loaded gun. One of them accidentally shoots a friend and goes on the run, which is when the plot kicks in for real.

The main problem with this film is the unbelievability of the plot. The villain character seems shoehorned into the storyline and never would have been in danger from the police had he simply kept out of things. In addition, the kid who goes on the run would have been out of danger had he simply handed himself in to the police early on. Thus credibility is strained throughout and the film sometimes feel mildly ridiculous as the plot plays out.

The further shoehorning into the story of an American military figure to act as detective is a blatant attempt to get an American lead into the thing, although Steve Cochran is saddled with a very dull character. The inexplicably American mother, Lizabeth Scott, is much better and somebody you end up warming to as the story progresses. George Cole is cast against type and should have stuck to the mild comedy he was far more convincing in. It was a pleasure to see old-timer Herbert Marshall (FOREIGN CORRESPONDENT) in support but he only appears in a couple of scenes.

The main actor is former Oscar winner Jon Whiteley as the precocious child who causes so much trouble. I quite liked him although others may find him a bit irritating. Whiteley has nowadays forgotten about his early acting career and become a museum curator. The exemplary direction is by Val Guest, who brings an atmospheric London to life, teeming with the working class, and the locations have never looked so authentic and lived-in.

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