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Never Back Losers (1961)

Two rival gangs are trying to fix horse races and a jockey is attacked and left for dead in a stage-managed car crash. An insurance investigator makes routine inquires into the "accident" ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Tronson

Writer:

Lukas Heller (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jack Hedley ... Jim Mathews
Jacqueline Ellis ... Marion Parker
Patrick Magee ... Ben Black
Richard Warner ... Mr. Crabtree
Derek Francis Derek Francis ... R. R. Harris
Austin Trevor ... Col. Warburton
Harry Locke ... Mr. Burnside
Larry Martyn ... Clive Parker
Howard Pays Howard Pays ... Freddie
Hilda Barry Hilda Barry ... Mrs. Sanders
George Tovey George Tovey ... Wally Sanders
Larry Taylor ... Reilly
Harold Goodwin ... Floyd
Douglas Bradley-Smith Douglas Bradley-Smith ... Mr. Carter
Tenniel Evans ... Doctor
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Two rival gangs are trying to fix horse races and a jockey is attacked and left for dead in a stage-managed car crash. An insurance investigator makes routine inquires into the "accident" and one of the gang leaders feels threatened by this and takes counter measures.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

December 1961 (UK) See more »

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Merton Park Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Opening credits: All characters and events in this film are fictitious and any similarity to actual persons and events is purely coincidental. See more »

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Tim Fraser in Training
3 June 2016 | by howardmorleySee all my reviews

I thought this Merton Park Films 'B' feature was worth a 7/10 rating as it held my interest for its duration of about 50 mins. or so.I was 14 in 1960 when the star of "The World of Tim Fraser" (Jack Hedley) was transmitted as a TV series by the BBC and this Francis Durbridge series is still remembered by this 70 year viewer along with a few other reviewers apparently.The world of fixing horse races and accompanying crooked betting by gangsters is an oft repeated theme.The TV commentary appeared to be by the late Peter O'Sullivan who regularly commentated on horse racing on "Grandstand" the flagship BBC sports Saturday TV programme.

My goodness what a dangerous job insurance investigation work was portrayed by the media back then in 1961 with no danger money paid and working for only £15 per week! As my captioned Summary title series was transmitted in 1960 it appeared that for the plot of "Never Back Losers" private investigator Tim Fraser, was in training. P.S. I always like to see again cars from this era and see if I can remember the makers model type.Alas so many British marques have now disappeared.


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