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The Boys (1962)

When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
... Victor Webster
... Montgomery
... Stan Coulter
... Billy Herne
Tony Garnett ... Ginger Thompson
... Barney Lee
... The Judge / Judge
Wilfrid Brambell ... Robert Brewer (as Wilfred Bramble)
... Gordon Lonsdale
Kenneth J. Warren ... George Tanner
... Randolph St. John (as Alan Cuthbertson)
Wensley Pithey ... Mr. Coulter (as Wensley Athey)
... Mark Salmon
... Mr. Lee
... Mr. Herne
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When the night watchman of a garage is found murdered, 4 young men are arrested and put on trial. Under cross-examination, suspects and witnesses give differing accounts of the same incidents that led up to the crime. After re-examining the suspects' statements, the prosecuting counsel finally learns the truth. Written by mike.wilson6@btinternet.com

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Jess Conrad has said in interviews that Sidney J. Furie told "The Boys" to tear up the script, and improvise their dialogue. See more »

Quotes

Montgomery: Are you proud of being a lavatory attendant?
The Judge: That's a most unseemly question Mr Montgomery. The witness need not answer it.
Robert Brewer: Well I will answer it. I am proud. Very proud.
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Referenced in Talkies: The Boys Reunion (2017) See more »

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Main Theme
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Written by Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch & Hank B. Marvin
Played by The Shadows
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Out of obscurity
30 June 2008 | by See all my reviews

Why have I never heard of this film before? Why is it so unknown? I watched this last night on BBC4 as part of the courtroom drama season (I do love a good courtroom drama) and i wasn't exactly expecting much, I'd never even heard of 'The Boys' before. And sure enough, when the film opened, i got what i expected. It was clumsy, ill paced and badly timed. But THEN...it got going! After 20 minute i was gripped, amazed at how well the film manipulated my emotions, making me sympathise with different people at will, changing my mind at every turn! The flashbacks are dealt with superbly, without the cheesy, dreamy dissolves and instead the witness testimonies abruptly change in to the actually events. Without going into too much detail on the plot, the way that the truth is subtly hidden from the audience is masterful, and it grips you even as much as something like The Lady Vanishes (which is saying a lot!) From its unpromising start, the film just keeps on getting better until its chilling conclusion, not only will it provoke your emotions but also your mind. It certainly isn't as beautifully shot as To Kill a Mockingbird, or as well acted as 12 Angry Men, but it's every bit as powerful and i think that this deserves to be recognised as one of the all time great courtroom dramas.


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