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The Black Rider (1954)

When young reporter and amateur biker Jerry Marsh investigates a mysterious hooded figure on a motorbike, he discovers crooks hiding out in a ruined castle with atomic sabotage on their ... See full summary »


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jimmy Hanley ... Jerry Marsh
Rona Anderson ... Mary Plack
Leslie Dwyer Leslie Dwyer ... Robert Plack
Lionel Jeffries ... Martin Bremner
Beatrice Varley Beatrice Varley ... Mrs. Marsh
Michael Golden Michael Golden ... Rakoff
Valerie Hanson Valerie Hanson ... Karen
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ... Ted Lintott
Edwin Richfield ... Geoff Morgan
Kenneth Connor ... George Amble
Robert Rietty Robert Rietty ... Mario
James Raglan James Raglan ... Rackton
Frank Atkinson Frank Atkinson ... Landlord
Edie Martin ... Elderly Lady
Peter Swanwick Peter Swanwick ... Holiday-Maker


When young reporter and amateur biker Jerry Marsh investigates a mysterious hooded figure on a motorbike, he discovers crooks hiding out in a ruined castle with atomic sabotage on their minds... Written by Allen Dace <a.w.dace@maff.gov.uk>

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Release Date:

December 1954 (UK) See more »

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Production Co:

Balblair Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jerry writes for the "Swanhaven News and Mail", run by Robert Plack. See more »


George Amble: I ain't goin' down by the lane - I'm goin' to take a short cut 'cross the castle grounds.
Landlord: Oh-ho - 'tis full moon tonight George. Look out the Black Monk don't get you.
George Amble: To Hell with the Black Monk!
Landlord: That's right. 'Tis supposed to be Old Nick hisself - so the story goes...
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Featured in Truly, Madly, Cheaply!: British B Movies (2008) See more »


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Music by Lester B. Hart
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"There's something fishy going on at Brocken Castle"
14 December 2003 | by heedarmySee all my reviews

This sturdy British B-picture features a plot right out of Enid Blyton or Scooby-Doo. A gang of crooks, bent on smuggling "atomic sabotage equipment" into the country (crumbs!), are using the legend of the Black Rider to scare people away from crumbling Brocken Castle, where they have a secret headquarters in the dungeons. Gosh!

The film is best enjoyed for its view of the vanished innocence of 50s Britain. This is a place where smiling librarians select handpicked novels for little old ladies, where the teapot is always full, where the harmless village drunk (Kenneth Connor) is plied with booze by indulgent locals and where the local youths are too busy fixing their motorbikes to bother with vandalising the bus shelter. No Hells Angels these - they are all clean-cut and impeccably polite, trundling along the leafy lanes at a sedate 25 mph or participating in motorised egg-and-spoon races at the village fete.

Jimmy Hanley and Rona Anderson make a charming hero and heroine, Lionel Jeffries is good as the urbane villain and there' s a jolly, infuriatingly catchy theme tune. Nobody gets killed and even Hanley's irascible employer and future father-in-law turns out to be a decent cove at the end, even buying his own motorcycle and sidecar combination for some exhilarating spins with the missus. Somehow I doubt if Quentin Tarantino will be doing a remake.

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