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Flannelfoot (1953)

Thriller about a notorious jewel thief and murderer.

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Kathleen Fraser
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Frank Mitchell
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Lord Wexford (as R. Stuart Lindsel)
Gene Anderson ...
Renee Wexford
Kim Peacock ...
Tyrone Fraser
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Andy Fraser
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Dr. Milligan (as Ronald Leigh Hunt)
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Bill Neilson
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Angela Neilson
Adrienne Scott ...
Cynthia Leyland
Michael McCarthy ...
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Thriller about a notorious jewel thief and murderer.

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Superintendent Carter: What we and the Home Secretary and the blasted newspapers want to know is "who is Flannelfoot"?
Ginger: Why don't you ask me what's going to win the Grand National?
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Music and Lyric by John Tore (as John Toré)
Sung by Diana Coupland (uncredited)
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Plodding detective tale
13 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

FLANNELFOOT is yet another detective thriller from director Maclean Rogers, who also handled the similarly-themed Paul Temple films and MARK OF THE PHOENIX. This one's about a notorious jewel thief (the oddly-monikered 'Flannelfoot') who turns to murder to cover up his crimes. The police are in hot pursuit in a chase that takes them across Europe.

There's really nothing about FLANNELFOOT that makes it stand out from the crowd; everything about it is distinctly ordinary, not least the lead performance from Ronald Howard (son of the more famous Leslie). Ronald Adam is better even if he's once again typecast as a detective, and there are supporting roles for Ronald Leigh-Hunt and Graham Stark, but it's all so, well, ordinary, that you won't really care.

The plotting is chock full of the usual twists and turns and red herrings and it only really starts getting lively for the climax (and Rogers once again can't resist utilising a rooftop setting for the ending). But FLANNELFOOT has a cheap, workmanlike quality to it which saps the viewer's enjoyment.


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