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Hue and Cry (1947)

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Running Time
1 hour, 22 minutes

Country UK

Studio Ealing Studios, Fine Arts

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Other Titles
• Hue and Cry
• Goldene Jugend (1948)
• Hue & Cry (1947)

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Genre: Crime, Adventure, Comedy, Detectives, Teenage, Gangsters, Spy

Plot: Street boys throw rocks as the credits for HUE AND CRY appear behind them, among the grafitti on a brick wall. Director Charles Crichton’s camera pans across London’s Docklands. Joe (Harry Fowler), one of the street boys, reads from a Blood and Thunder comic. Enthralled, he finds he is walking down the streets mentioned in the comic, as the action from the comic appears to unfold before him--a truck with the same number plate stops, men unload large crates looking like those in the comic, a man with a moustache waits outside. With hardly a thought, Joe is spying. He is caught but, after being interviewed by the police, finds he has a job in Covent Garden, and a puzzle to solve.

Joe’s gang discovers the comic is being used to send coded messages to London’s criminals. Nobody believes them--so they set out to investigate themselves. With fine performances by Fowler, Joan Dowling as the gang’s only girl, Alastair Sim as the timid author of the bloodthirsty stories, and Jack Warner as Joe’s boss, with T.E.B. Clarke’s cunning script and Crichton’s direction, HUE AND CRY snowballs from realism to fantastic thriller as it plays out in London’s bomb-stricken streets.

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 Directed by
Charles Crichton
A Fish Called Wanda, The Lavender Hill Mob, Dead of Night
 Written by
T.E.B. Clarke
The Lavender Hill Mob, Passport to Pimlico, The Titfield Thunderbolt
Alastair Sim
Scrooge, Stage Fright, The Ruling Class
Harry Fowler
The Nanny, Start the Revolution Without Me, Fire Maidens From Outer Space
Jack Warner
The Ladykillers, The Quatermass Xperiment, The Blue Lamp
Valerie White
Travels with My Aunt
Jack Lambert
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Dracula: Prince of Darkness, The Devil's Disciple
 Music By
Georges Auric
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