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The Boys (1962)

In 1962 London, four troublesome teenagers are charged by the police with robbing a garage and murdering the night watchman.


Sidney J. Furie


Stuart Douglass (original screenplay)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Todd ... Victor Webster
Robert Morley ... Montgomery
Dudley Sutton ... Stan Coulter
Ronald Lacey ... Billy Herne
Tony Garnett Tony Garnett ... Ginger Thompson
Jess Conrad ... Barney Lee
Felix Aylmer ... The Judge / Judge
Wilfrid Brambell ... Robert Brewer (as Wilfred Bramble)
Colin Gordon ... Gordon Lonsdale
Kenneth J. Warren Kenneth J. Warren ... George Tanner
Allan Cuthbertson ... Randolph St. John (as Alan Cuthbertson)
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Mr. Coulter (as Wensley Pithey/Wensley Athey)
Roy Kinnear ... Mark Salmon
Patrick Magee ... Mr. Lee
David Lodge ... Mr. Herne


After 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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Crime | Drama


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Did You Know?


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


The events leading to the trial are said on numerous occasions throughout the film to have taken place on a Thursday, January 15, 1962. January 15, 1962 was actually a Monday. See more »


Montgomery: These were no more than boys trying to have an evening out.
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Alternate Versions

The 2009 DVD master seems to come from a TV master. The movie is cropped to a ratio 1:1.77 with some strong anamorphic deformations. Also the nude calendar presented at the trial is blurred. See more »


References Hungry for Love (1960) See more »


Main Theme
Written by Brian Bennett, Bruce Welch & Hank B. Marvin
Played by The Shadows
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22 October 2001 | by rmc129-1See all my reviews

When I saw this film a couple of nights ago on late night TV I was struck by how much it captured the spirit of a time when I was a boy a little younger than 'The Boys' in the film

The Boys in question are four teenagers charged with murder of an elderly night watchman during a robbery.

Several social issues are 'on trial' Firstly, the generation gap. This was a time when 'teenagers' were a new concept in Britain (the four are described disparagingly by their elders as 'teddy boys'), and this perception his used by the defence to show that teenagers are harshly judged by their elders.

The four in question are rowdy and ill mannered enough but rather too well spoken for real working class teenagers (particularly teen idol of the day Jess Conrad). However their plight is gripping enough to hold the interest of the viewer.

In England in 1962 a) an 18 year old could hang for murder but not a younger accomplice (one of the most notorious incidents of the time was the hanging of 18 year old Derek Bentley - 1956 - while his younger accomplice who fired the fatal shot, could not be hanged) b) some types of murder - killing during a the commission of a crime - were capital, others not.

The film points up these anomalies and was making a serious social criticism at the time.

The film is a believable portrayal of poor lads on a night out that went disastrously wrong and has a nice little twist in the tail

Worth hanging about to see this one - 8 out of 10

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Release Date:

September 1962 (UK) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Soho, London, England, UK See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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