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Violent Playground (1958)

Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

Director:

Basil Dearden

Writer:

James Kennaway (original screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 BAFTA Film Award. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... Truman
Anne Heywood ... Cathie
David McCallum ... Johnnie Murphy
Peter Cushing ... Priest
John Slater ... Sgt. Walker
Clifford Evans ... Heaven
Moultrie Kelsall ... Superintendent
George A. Cooper ... Chief Inspector
Brona Boland Brona Boland ... Mary Murphy
Fergal Boland Fergal Boland ... Patrick Murphy
Michael Chow ... Alexander
Tsai Chin ... Primrose
Sean Lynch ... Slick
Bernice Swanson Bernice Swanson ... Meg (as Benice Swanson)
Freddie Starr ... Tommy (as Fred Fowell)
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Storyline

Struggle between a Liverpool Juvenile Liaison officer and a young and dangerous pyromaniac.

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EVERY CITY HAS ITS DANGEROUS YOUTH. Stark, explosive drama - as the camera lays bare the heart of a big city and probe the secrets of its Violent Playground.

Genres:

Drama | Crime

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 March 1958 (Ireland) See more »

Also Known As:

Desperat ungdom See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

The Rank Organisation See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75: 1
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Trivia

Shot July-September 1957, copyright 1958. See more »

Goofs

Scotland road school is set in Liverpool, but near the end of the film, after the classroom siege, when the priest is outside the school front, in the background you can see a London Trolleybus glide by. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Play Rough
Sung by Johnny Luck (Fontana Recording Artist)
Lyric by Paddy Roberts
Music by Philip Green (as Phil Green)
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film location
19 August 2006 | by jeffreyokeefeSee all my reviews

I read Paul's comment as to the film's location in Liverpool,but the school used was St Mary and St Michaels,Sutton street in Stepney London. the schools name was changed to Scotland rd. I was one of the children who looked on with much interest,and we were watching the catering waggon which had real cream cakes,and suddenly Peter Cushing appeared and told the man to give us a cake each,the man's face turned to thunder. also i remember a stunt man hurt himself falling from the school's window and missing the mattress's. I suppose they use a location,then switch to another like they did with To sir with love.

Jeff.


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