28 user 12 critic

Gideon of Scotland Yard (1958)

Gideon's Day (original title)
2:30 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Prime Video

A typical day for Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon consists in working on several cases at the same time.


John Ford


T.E.B. Clarke (screenplay), John Creasey (novel) (as J.J. Marric)



Learn more

More Like This 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Frank Skeffington is an old Irish-American political boss, running for re-election as mayor of a U.S. town for the last time.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Spencer Tracy, Jeffrey Hunter, Dianne Foster
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A corrupt marshal is pressured by his army friend into negotiating the release of white captives of the Comanches, but finds that their reintegration into society has its consequences.

Director: John Ford
Stars: James Stewart, Richard Widmark, Shirley Jones
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three vignettes of old Irish country life, based on a series of short stories. In "The Majesty of the Law," a police officer must arrest a very old-fashioned, traditional fellow for assault... See full summary »

Director: John Ford
Stars: Tyrone Power, Noel Purcell, Cyril Cusack
Biography | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1898, Irish immigrant Martin Maher is hired as a civilian employee at West Point where, during a 50-year career, he rises to the rank of NCO and instructor.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Tyrone Power, Maureen O'Hara, Robert Francis
7 Women (1966)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

In China in 1935, seven dedicated missionary women try to protect themselves from the advances of a barbaric Mongolian warlord and his cut-throat gang of warriors.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Anne Bancroft, Sue Lyon, Margaret Leighton
Crime | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Respected black cavalry Sergeant Brax Rutledge stands court-martial for raping and killing a white woman and murdering her father, his superior officer.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Jeffrey Hunter, Woody Strode, Constance Towers
Biography | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A biography of Navy flier-turned-screenwriter Frank W. "Spig" Read.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara, Dan Dailey
The Fugitive (1947)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Anti-Catholic and anti-cleric policies in the Mexican state of Tabasco lead the revolutionary government to persecute the state's last remaining priest.

Directors: John Ford, Emilio Fernández
Stars: Henry Fonda, Dolores del Rio, Pedro Armendáriz
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Comedy subtly dealing with moral issues such as racial bigotry, corporate greed, American belief of societal superiority and hypocrisy.

Director: John Ford
Stars: John Wayne, Lee Marvin, Elizabeth Allen
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A meek milquetoast of a clerk is mistaken for Public Enemy #1, and the notorious killer takes advantage of the situation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Edward G. Robinson, Jean Arthur, Arthur Hohl
Comedy | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Willie Kluggs enters the service with hopes of going overseas, but his uncanny marksmanship keeps him at home as a shooting instructor... much to his embarrassment.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Dan Dailey, Corinne Calvet, Colleen Townsend
Drama | History | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The Cheyenne, tired of broken U.S. government promises, head for their ancestral lands but a sympathetic cavalry officer is tasked to bring them back to their reservation.

Director: John Ford
Stars: Richard Widmark, Carroll Baker, Karl Malden


Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hawkins ... Gideon
Anna Lee ... Mrs.Kate Gideon
Anna Massey ... Sally Gideon
Andrew Ray Andrew Ray ... P.C. Farnaby Green
Howard Marion-Crawford ... The Chief
John Loder ... Ponsford 'The Duke'
Barry Keegan Barry Keegan ... Riley
Frank Lawton ... Det Sgt Liggot
Michael Trubshawe ... Sergeant Golightly
Derek Bond ... Det Sgt. Kirby
Grizelda Hervey ... Mrs. Kirby
Henry B. Longhurst Henry B. Longhurst ... Rev Mr. Courtney (as Henry Longhurst)
Doreen Madden Doreen Madden ... Miss Courtney
Jack Watling ... Rev Julian Small
Cyril Cusack ... Birdie Sparrow


Scotland Yard Inspector George Gideon starts his day off on the wrong foot when he gets a traffic-violation ticket from a young police officer. From there, his 'typical day" consists in learning that one of his most-trusted detectives has accepted bribes; hunts an escaped maniac who has murdered a girl; tracks a young girl suspected of a payroll robbery and, then, helps break up a bank robbery. His long day ends when he arrives at home and finds that his daughter has a date with the policeman who gave him a ticket that morning. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


24 Tension-Taut Hours in the Life of a Top Crime Fighter!


Approved | See all certifications »






Release Date:

February 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gideon of Scotland Yard See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Black and White (USA, theatrical prints)| Color (Technicolor) (as Technicolor®) (UK prints)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Film debut of Anna Massey (she receives an "Introducing" credit). See more »


The background scene of London outside Gideon's office windows is actually a miniature set rather than back projected film. This is revealed by the fact that the cars and buses crossing the bridge are clearly small models or toys. In fact in the opening shot of Gideon looking out of his office at night, the miniature is used on its own instead of inserting stock footage, and the model vehicles are particularly noticeable. See more »


Insp. George Gideon: I could tell you a few things about executions - they're not very dramatic - you know, they're rather an anti-climax after the trial. Three weeks in jail and then one morning the long walk. And it won't be a bit like you imagine - the heroine with her head held high. They'll drag you there half doped and vomiting with terror... that's the worst thing about hanging - it's so undignified...
See more »


References The Pride and the Passion (1957) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Jack Hawkins as PC Plod...
8 July 2012 | by tim-764-291856See all my reviews

This rarely seen (or shown) rarity from the great westerns director John Ford, was screened recently as Channel 4's weekday lunchtime movie. The film's alternative title, 'Gideon of Scotland Yard' gives us a clearer picture of where it is set and what it is about.

Not paying much attention to what it said in Radio Times beforehand, I assumed it was a Dixon Of Dock Green sort of black & white semi- documentary, along the lines of the excellent 'Blue Lamp'.

For a start, it's in colour and opens with breakfast time with the family, for Inspector Jack Gideon, all brisk and jovial. His drive to work results in going through a red light and is embarrassingly challenged by a youth PC.

From here-on in, the comedic elements dissipate as Insp Gideon's day unfolds, with phone calls and leads, all going on to illustrate 'the day in the life' that is the title. The mixture of crime is, obviously quite innocent when compared to today and the likes of 'The Bill', but this is 1958 and the censors were always prevalent, not that I'm suggesting that Ford would have set out to paint an overly colourful scenario.

The script is by Ealing Studio regular T.E.B Clarke, from John Creasey's novel and whilst it's not exactly electric, it's brisk enough, with a light tone and those of a certain age will find much pleasure in the period detail, scenes around London and the general way of doing things 'back then'.

Such viewers might have wanted to give a higher score than I am, though. To be honest, the direction could have been done by anyone proficient and whilst the studio-bound indoor sets are well done, they are just that, though also to be fair, Insp Gideon is seen going about between locations enough to remind us that he's very busy...

Finally, there is a nice John Ford sense of irony at the end though, which gives a real sense of satisfaction.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 28 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed