The Blue Lamp | Rank 1950 | Dirk Bogarde, Jack Warner,

The Blue Lamp | Rank 1950 | Dirk Bogarde, Jack Warner,

Introducing PC George Dixon (Jack Warner), charged with showing new boy Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley) the ropes. There is helping old ladies and giving directions, until the film takes a darker turn when Dixon is killed in a raid on a cinema. The killer (a great turn from young Dirk Bogarde) is presented as part of a new breed of post-war criminals, without a code or honour, and even the respectable criminals want to help the police track him down.

While the police are presented in an idealized way, London looks a fantastic playground, never more so than in the climactic showdown at White City. Dixon, of course, would be revived and live on for 20 years on TV.

cast
Dirk Bogarde as Tom Riley
Jack Warner as PC George Dixon
Jimmy Hanley as PC Andy Mitchell
Robert Flemyng as Police Sgt. Roberts
Bernard Lee as Inspector Cherry
Peggy Evans as Diana Lewis
Patric Doonan as Spud
Bruce Seton as PC Campbell
Meredith Edwards as PC Hughes
Frederick Piper as Alf Lewis
Dora Bryan as Maisie
Tessie O’Shea as Herself
Clive Morton as Police Sgt. Brooks
Gladys Henson as Mrs Dixon

crew
Art Direction: Jim Morahan
Director Of Photography: Gordon Dines
Camera Operator: Chic Waterson
Costume Design: Anthony Mendleson
Makeup Artist: Ernest Taylor
Makeup Artist: Harry Frampton
Second Unit Cinematographer: Lionel Banes
Sound Recordist: Arthur Bradburn
Director: Basil Dearden
Editor: Peter Tanner
Producer: Michael Balcon
Music Director: Ernest Irving
Screenplay: T. E. B. Clarke
Writer: Jan Read
Writer: Ted Willis

UK | Rank | 84 minutes | 1950

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