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Code of Scotland Yard (1947)

The Shop at Sly Corner (original title)
Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 October 1948 (USA)
In Britain, a man with a shady past uses his antiquities shop as a front for smuggled diamonds but his young shop-assistant starts blackmailing him, leading to murder and to a police investigation.


George King


Edward Percy (play), Katherine Strueby (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Oskar Homolka ... Desius Heiss
Derek Farr ... Robert Graham
Muriel Pavlow ... Margaret Heiss
Manning Whiley Manning Whiley ... Corder Morris
Kathleen Harrison ... Mrs. Catt
Garry Marsh ... Major Elliot
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Archie Fellows
Jan Van Loewen Jan Van Loewen ... Professor Vanetti
Irene Handl ... Ruby Towser
Johnnie Schofield Johnnie Schofield ... Inspector Robson


Descius Heiss is a French expatriate, and former Devil's Island prisoner, with two passions; driving shrewd bargains in antiques at his Sly Corner Shop, and the care of his Beautiful violin-playing daughter, Margaret. But, his comfortable wealth comes more from being a fence for stolen goods than it does buying-and-selling antiques. His secret is discovered by his shop assistant Archie Fellowes (Kenneth Griffith), a nasty, sniveling young scroat, who keeps blackmailing Heiss until he goes to far. The film ends in a London concert-hall where Margaret is playing the Mendelssohm Violin Concerto. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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WHEN A MAN HAS A SECRET LIKE THIS...HE'LL DO ANYTHING TO KEEP IT! (original ad for "Code of Scotland Yard"


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Release Date:

24 October 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Code of Scotland Yard See more »

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Production Co:

Pennant Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (Ontario)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This was Diana Dors' first film. See more »


Desius Heiss is supposed to be French, although the name is not French, and Oskar Hololka does not use a French accent. See more »


Ave Maria
Music by Franz Schubert
Arranged by George Melachrino
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Sly blackmail
5 January 2018 | by AAdaSCSee all my reviews

Oskar Homolka (Mr Heiss) owns an antique shop and is very proud of his violin-playing daughter Muriel Pavlow (Margaret) who is just breaking into the big time. Kenneth Griffith (Archie) is a slimy weasel who works in the shop and is attracted to Muriel. God knows why. She has a boyfriend in the Navy - Derek Farr (Robert) - and they are the rather bland goody-two-shoes couple. It is the other actors who give this film colour and the desire to see things through to the end. Griffith has a weasely plan to get one over Homolka.

One strange thing about the film was making Homolka a French citizen. No, he's not. What's the point in trying to pull that one off? Anyway, I'm not surprised at what he's up to with his antiques and when you have a character like the slimy Griffith as an assistant, then you are asking for trouble. Diana Dors (Mildred) has a memorable small role as a cheap girlfriend for Griffith. As does Katie Johnson as a customer in the shop - you'll recognize her from her pivotal role in "The Ladykillers" (1955).

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