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Compelled (1960)

Not Rated | | Crime , Drama | December 1960 (UK)
An ex-con-turned-engineer is blackmailed into taking part in a jewel heist.


Ramsey Herrington (as Ramsey Harrington)


Mark Grantham (story)


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Cast overview:
Beth Rogan ... Carol
Ronald Howard Ronald Howard ... Paul Adams
John Gabriel John Gabriel ... Fenton
Richard Shaw Richard Shaw ... Jug
Jack Melford Jack Melford ... Grimes
Mark Singleton Mark Singleton ... Derek
Colin Tapley ... Inspector
Irene Arnold Irene Arnold ... Cleaning Lady


An ex-con-turned-engineer is blackmailed into taking part in a jewel heist.

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Release Date:

December 1960 (UK) See more »

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Danziger Productions Ltd. See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The First Hatton Garden Heist
10 September 2017 | by richardchattenSee all my reviews

Before we even know who they are, this Danzigers quickie starts very abruptly in a phone conversation between Paul & Carol Adams (Ronald Howard and Beth Rogan) which incredibly perfunctorily cuts back and forth between unimaginatively shot close-ups of their talking heads. (Was the film shot so quickly director Ramsey Harrington didn't even have time to film the phone ringing and Paul picking it up?)

However the film soon picks up, since Paul is promptly coerced by unctuous master criminal Fenton (John Gabriel) and his imaginatively named goon Jug (Richard Shaw) into building a 30 yard tunnel from the basement of a bookshop into the vault of a Hatton Garden jeweller where a haul of a quarter a million lies in wait for Fenton to get his greedy hands on. Once they get their jackets off and start digging the fun - aided by Jimmy Wilson's usual professional job as lighting cameraman - never lets up. The film packs an impressive amount of skullduggery into just 56 minutes (including references to drug dealing and pornography). When it comes the climax delivers a satisfying bang that abruptly resolves a plot that has been charging along and getting more and more complicated like an out of control express train with every passing minute.

An even more impressive structure than Paul's tunnel is Carol's magnificent mane of hair, which would have made Christine Keeler jealous. Two years ago life once more imitated art when over the 2015 Easter Bank Holiday weekend British criminal history was made when the Hatton Garden Safe Deposit Company was tunnelled into by a gang who plundered it of up to £200 million.

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