Tag: Crime

The League of Gentlemen | 1960 | Jack Hawkins, Nigel Patrick

The clue is in the title: gentlemen, would-be thieves who are no ordinary crooks but officers and either their equals or their lackeys. Lt Col Hyde is the mastermind and is decidedly narked by being forced out of the military. He recruits seven...

House of Secrets | 1956 | Michael Craig, Anton Diffring

Gripping spy thriller starring Michael Craig as a naval officer who bears an uncanny resemblance to a counterfeiter who’s just been killed in a car crash. He agrees to go undercover to try to unmask the other members of the gang. cast Michael...

Kaleidoscope | 1966 | Warren Beatty, Susannah York

The 1960s penchant for split screens, trick effects, shooting from behind objects and generally distracting the viewer from the action has made many of the thrillers, westerns and comedies of the decade unwatchable. Smight’s comedy thriller is...

Jamaica Inn | 1939 | Charles Laughton, Maureen O’Hara

Alfred Hitchcock’s final British film before leaving for the States and a second career is a disappointing and an uncharacteristic romantic melodrama. Set in 19th-century Cornwall, and about an orphan girl who becomes involved with smugglers...

Two Way Stretch | 1960 | Peter Sellers, Maurice Denham

A fine Sunday afternoon comedy. Peter Sellers stars as the crook who’s spent his time in chokey coming up with a plan for the perfect robbery. What could possibly go wrong? Three old lags (Peter Sellers, David Lodge, Bernard Cribbins) concoct...

They Made Me a Fugitive | 1947 | Sally Gray, Trevor Howard

Alberto Cavalcanti made too few British features and this dark thriller caused some anguish on release for its toughness and the successful depiction of the under-belly of post-war London life. Cav was plainly influenced by US noir cinema and by...

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