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P.C. George Dixon (Warner) a long-serving traditional "copper" who is due to retire shortly, takes a new recruit, Andy Mitchell (Hanley), under his aegis, introducing him to the easy-going night beat. Dixon is a classic Ealing 'ordinary' hero, but also anachronistic, unprepared and unable to answer the violence of Tom Riley (Bogarde). Called to the scene of a robbery at a local cinema, Dixon finds himself face-to-face with Riley, a desperate youth armed with a revolver. Dixon initially tries to talk Riley into surrendering the weapon, but Riley panics and fires. Dixon walks to his own death almost uncomprehending. Dixon is taken to hospital, but dies some hours later. The ending is another Ealing quirk, with ordinary decent society, including 'professional' criminals used to violence, banding together to track down and catch the murderer, who is trapped in the crowd at White City greyhound track in west London. To Andy Mitchell falls the honour of arresting Riley.

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  1. Ted Willis


  2. T. E. B. Clarke


  3. Jan Read


  4. Basil Dearden


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  1. Jack Warner

    Jack Warner

    PC George Dixon

  2. Jimmy Hanley

    Jimmy Hanley

    PC Andy Mitchell

  3. Dirk Bogarde

    Dirk Bogarde

    Tom Riley

  4. Robert Flemyng

    Robert Flemyng

    Police Sgt. Roberts

  5. Bernard Lee

    Bernard Lee

    Inspector Cherry

  6. Peggy Evans

    Peggy Evans

    Diana Lewis

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Status Released

Original Language English

Runtime 1h 24m

Budget -

Revenue -

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  • June 1, 1950



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