The Blue Lamp

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Overview

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.

  1. Ted Willis

    Writer

  2. T. E. B. Clarke

    Screenplay

  3. Jan Read

    Writer

  4. Basil Dearden

    Director

Top Billed Cast

  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 -

Homepage -

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  • June 1, 1950
    Theatrical

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Featured Review

A review by John Chard

7.5
By John Chard

Mustn't Grumble.

The Blue Lamp is directed by Basil Dearden and written by T.E.B. Clarke. It stars Jack Warner, Jimmy Hanley, Dirk Bogarde, Robert Flemyng and Peggy Evans. Music is by Ernest Irving and cinematography by Gordon Dines.

Andy Mitchell is a new recruit to the London police force, old hand George Dixon takes him under his wing and shows him the ropes. When Dixon is gunned down by a hot headed crook, Mitchell, the force, and the close knit community, all rally round to catch the villain.

What chiefly makes The Blue Lamp a fine watch is being able to witness the good old days... read the rest.

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