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Tiger in the Smoke (1956)

In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden ... See full summary »

Director:

Roy Ward Baker (as Roy Baker)

Writers:

Margery Allingham (novel), Anthony Pelissier (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Donald Sinden ... Geoffrey Leavitt
Muriel Pavlow ... Meg Elgin
Tony Wright ... Jack Havoc (aka Johnny Cash)
Bernard Miles ... Tiddy Doll the Gang Leader
Alec Clunes ... Asst. Commissioner Oates
Laurence Naismith ... Canon Avril
Christopher Rhodes Christopher Rhodes ... Chief Inspector Luke
Charles Victor Charles Victor ... Will
Thomas Heathcote ... Rolly Gripper
Sam Kydd ... Tom Gripper
Kenneth Griffith Kenneth Griffith ... Crutches
Gerald Harper Gerald Harper ... Duds Morrison
Wensley Pithey Wensley Pithey ... Detective Sergeant Pickett
Stanley Rose Stanley Rose ... Uncle
Stratford Johns ... Police Constable
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In wartime a young officer is killed during a raid to kill a German general at the house that used to belong to his grandmother. Before he dies he talks about a treasure that was hidden there. Several years later the members of that group are still together as a street band living in a cellar. The last of the gang who was chosen for his skills as a ruthless killer escapes from prison in a rampage of killing and, obsessed with the treasure takes the gang to France to recover it Written by nickjg

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 March 1957 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Brott i dimma See more »

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The Rank Organisation See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The central character in the book, Albert Campion, is omitted by the adaptors. See more »

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Impressive use of B&W media
1 August 2005 | by MandyjamSee all my reviews

From the point of view of filming, this movie is a masterpiece. The London Smog takes on a character of its own. Characters appear and disappear mysteriously, sounds are muffled, uncertain violence is ever present. The Street Band squawks and groans eerily, its members looming distorted as nightmares from Heironymus Bosch.

For those unfamiliar with Marjorie Allingham, her successful detective series featured Albert Campion, a colourless gentleman who merged with his background. The filmmakers, as has been stated, successfully lost him in the "Smoke". The truly attractive character from Allingham's series is the Police detective, Charles Luke. Charlie is tall, handsome, puppy-like and incredibly dynamic. His curly hair never stays put, He never stands still, he talks with his hands, his voice is full of expression. What a great character to play! This is where the screen adaptation seriously falls down. Alec Clune appears to be making no attempt to represent Charlie Luke. He has obviously not read the book, which is a pity! The result is that the colourful Charlie is reduced to a character as grey and insipid as Albert Campion. It is a real disappointment to Charlie's fans!

On the other hand, the performances by Tony Wright as the psychopath Jack Havoc, Laurence Naismith as the courageous Canon and Bernard Miles as the Gang Leader are wonderful, while Beatrice Varley as the sinister Lucy Cash is Magnificent.

The most unforgettable line is this description of Lucy Cash - "When she walks down the street curtains tremble, blinds creep down and keys turn stealthily in locks."

FOOTNOTE- Smog is the name of a combination of fog and coal dust, common in London until the air was cleaned up.


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