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West 11 (1963)

This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Joe Beckett
Kathleen Breck ... Ilsa Barnes
... Richard Dyce
... Georgia
... Mrs. Beckett
... Mrs. Hartley
... Mr. Gash
Marie Ney ... Mildred Dyce
Harold Lang ... Silent
... Jacko
Sean Kelly ... Larry
... Father Hogan
Gerry Duggan ... Father Dominic
... Speaker
Allan McClelland ... Mr. Royce
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This Michael Winner directed film looks into life at Notting Hill, London, then a seedy slum. A down on his luck Joe Beckett (Alfred Lynch) is recruited into crime by Richard Dyce (Eric Portman).

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29 September 1966 (Mexico)  »

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Apartamento de Solteiro  »

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According to Michael Winner, James Mason was the original choice for Richard Dyce, but Daniel M. Angel rejected him, feeling the actor was a has-been. See more »

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On the train, the fan with the newspaper is asked how Ipswich (football club) are doing. He responds: "they're losing, one down". He's asked again and repeats "one down". But the Football Half Time score shown in the close up of the paper states that Ipswich were winning 1-0 against Fulham. See more »

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Mr. Royce: Breakdown on the Central Line again, Mr Beckett?
Joe Beckett: Yeah, that's right.
Mr. Royce: It won't do, Mr. Beckett. It's not good enough.
Joe Beckett: I set off at half past eight, Mr, Royce.
Mr. Royce: Then we have to set off just that little bit earlier. Business in this establishment commences at 9.00 am. We don't require you here at ten-to, but we don't expect you here at ten past. Nine o'clock.
Joe Beckett: [sotto voce] Aw, shut up.
Mr. Royce: And we don't wear coloured shirts during business hours, Mr Beckett, whatever we may do outside.
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Referenced in The Human Jungle: Struggle for a Mind (1964) See more »

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Gettysburg March
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Smoothly made little Brit-pic
7 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

A minor but very smoothly made example of British film noir. Director Michael Winner, then at the start of his career, had a strong cast (Alfred Lynch, Eric Portman, Diana Dors, Finlay Currie, et al) to inhabit this starkly photographed little crime melodrama set in London bedsit-land, all tacky Notting Hill coffee bars and smoky jazz clubs.

Lynch makes a downbeat but sympathetic protagonist, more thoughtful than the usual type of hero. Portman plays the clipped-moustache ex-military man-turned-swindler to perfection. Dors is just right, too, as a blousy divorcée ("Young enough to still want a husband; old enough not get the one I want").

Winner plays up the salacious sex element a bit, but a tight Keith Waterhouse/Willis Hall script touches on Lynch's Catholic guilt, and Currie's existential search for 'truth', just enough to give the story a modicum of depth. There's also an evocative score by Stanley Black, with Acker Bilk on sax.

Until latterly a neglected, even scorned, cinema sub-genre, these usually low-budget British film noirs, often superbly photographed, were violent by the standards of their day, and showed the rain-washed streets of cities like Newcastle (Payroll), Manchester (Hell Is a City) and Brighton (Jigsaw), as well as London, could be pretty mean, too.

Winner's next film, The System with Oliver Reed, was even better.


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