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Black Memory (1947)

Danny Cruff returns home years after his father was wrongly accused and hanged for murder. But he can't escape his past.

Director:

Oswald Mitchell

Writers:

John Gilling (original story), John Gilling (screenplay)
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Michael Medwin ... Johnnie Fletcher
Frank Hawkins Frank Hawkins ... Alf Davidson
Winifred Melville Winifred Melville ... Mrs Davidson
Moyra O'Connell Moyra O'Connell ... Joan Davidson
Jane Arden ... Sally Davidson
Michael Atkinson Michael Atkinson ... Danny Cruff
Betty Miller Betty Miller ... Mrs Cruff
Michael Conry Michael Conry ... Carl Broach
Sidney James ... Eddie Clinton (as Sydney James)
Arthur Brander Arthur Brander ... Rutford
Gerald Pring Gerald Pring ... Headmaster
Valerie Hulton Valerie Hulton ... Miss Philpotts
Maurice Nicholas Maurice Nicholas ... Johnnie - as a boy
Malcolm Sommers Malcolm Sommers ... Danny - as a boy
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Danny Cruff returns home years after his father was wrongly accused and hanged for murder. But he can't escape his past.

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Crime | Drama

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Olga Lowe auditioned for this film. See more »

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"I'm one of the lucky ones, I don't have a soul."
17 July 2017 | by rupertcookSee all my reviews

Michael Medwin, later to feature in Shoestring some thirty years later, plays a young thug, rather in the mould of Pinkie from Brighton Rock. He has the meatiest role in this efficient, if not particularly tense, thriller. Jane Arden, soaked in sass, plays his moll, and brings off a spirited performance. There is even a slight suggestion that the pair spent the night together, rather risqué for its time.

Sid James features in his first film looking, as ever, craggy and plays the part of a cowardly cafe owner.

Micheal Atkinson plays Danny, a rather colourless youth, who we are meant to cheer on but never was justice in its human form so dull though by the end of the film he has found a suitable personality.

All in all it passes the time in a not unpleasant way.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1947 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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