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Dancing with Crime (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 13 October 1947 (UK)
A London cab driver gets mixed up with a criminal gang and sets out to expose the group and its leader for what they are.

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Peter Fraser (original story), Brock Williams (screen play)
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Cast overview:
Richard Attenborough ... Ted Peters
Barry K. Barnes Barry K. Barnes ... Paul Baker
Sheila Sim ... Joy Goodall
Garry Marsh ... Det. Sgt. Murray
John Warwick John Warwick ... Inspector Carter
Judy Kelly ... Toni Masters
Barry Jones ... Gregory
Bill Owen ... Dave Robinson (as Bill Rowbotham)
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Sniffy
Peter Croft Peter Croft ... Johnny
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Storyline

At the end of World War II, demobilized soldiers Ted Peters (Sir Richard Attenborough) and Dave Robinson (Bill Owen) return home to Britain, where Ted becomes a taxi driver and Dave gets involved with the mob. Enjoying his lifestyle and the easy money, Dave offers to recruit his pal Ted, who works hard for his money. Ted refuses, and Dave gets in a spat with his mob boss over money. When mob henchman Paul Baker (Barry K. Barnes) shoots Dave, he runs and takes cover in Ted's taxi while Ted is having lunch. Eventually, Ted discovers his pal's lifeless body inside the cab. Scotland Yard starts an investigation, considering Dave's underworld affiliations. Mob boss Gregory (Barry Jones) believes that somehow taxi driver Ted knows the circumstances of his friend Dave's violent death, therefore Gregory decides to have Ted eliminated. For his part, Ted decides to investigate, on his own, the suspicious death of his friend Dave. Written by nufs68

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mob | death | taxi driver | mob boss | gang | See All (24) »

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Torn from the sinister shadows of London after dark ! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 October 1947 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bailando com o Crime See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Sir Richard Attenborough (Ted Peters) and Sheila Sim (Joy Goodall) were married in real-life. See more »

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Major plot weakness: despite the fact that, throughout the film, Ted's girlfriend Joy keeps telling him to keep out of trouble by not involving himself further with the criminals nor to insinuate himself into the police investigation, nevertheless at every opportunity she thoughtlessly incites him to do exactly that, not to mention spying on the suspects herself and worse--at a critical moment--rather than phone the police herself she calls Ted instead who she must surely realize would be placing himself in serious danger. Some "girlfriend". See more »

Soundtracks

Bow Bells are London Bells
Lyric of the Song by Harold Purcell
Music by Benjamin Frankel (as Ben Bernard) (uncredited)
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Brisk, efficient post-War British crime melodrama
13 August 2001 | by noir guySee all my reviews

Brisk, efficient British post-War crime melodrama set in London - part of the 'Spiv' movie cycle(films with roots in 30s American Gangster movies, featuring characters profiting from wartime rationing in a similar fashion to 30s bootleggers, but not so clearly glamorised as their Stateside equivalents - see also the superior NOOSE). Richard Attenborough stars as former soldier, Ted Peters, now making a living as a London cab-driver who becomes involved with a criminal gang headed by dance hall owner and criminal mastermind Mr Gregory (the seriously undervalued Barry Jones), whose henchman and M.C. Paul Baker (Barry K. Barnes) has offed Ted's childhood friend and former army buddy Dave Robinson (Bill Rowbotham, better known to U.K. audiences as Bill Owen, star of long-running U.K. T.V comedy series LAST OF THE SUMMER WINE). At Ted's behest, his girlfriend Joy (Sheila Sim) gets a job as a dancehall hostess in Gregory's dance hall as part of Ted's attempts to expose the criminal gang and the true nature of the crime lord's enterprise is gradually exposed. Punchily directed by John Paddy Carstairs, and redolent with post-War atmosphere, this is another example of the type of popular genre fare which entertained U.K. audiences in the 40s at the same time as the now revered 'noir' movies similarly engaged their U.S. contemporaries. Deserving wider acclaim, the movies from this post-War U.K. genre are valid, and diverting, social documents which often gave early exposure to burgeoning talents (in this instance, an uncredited brunette Diana Dors and a 'blink and you'll miss him' Dirk Bogarde) and should, by rights, be as revered in their country of origin as the more celebrated and documented U.S. post-War crime movies. Worth checking out, if you get the chance.


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